trea·​sure | \ ˈtre-zhər How to pronounce treasure (audio) , ˈtrā- \

Definition of treasure

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a(1) : wealth (such as money, jewels, or precious metals) stored up or hoarded buried treasure
(2) : wealth of any kind or in any form : riches
b : a store of money in reserve
2 : something of great worth or value also : a person esteemed as rare or precious
3 : a collection of precious things


treasured; treasuring\ ˈtre-​zh(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce treasure (audio) , ˈtrā-​ \

Definition of treasure (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to hold or keep as precious : cherish, prize she treasured those memories
2 : to collect and store up (something of value) for future use : hoard

Synonyms & Antonyms for treasure

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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appreciate, value, prize, treasure, cherish mean to hold in high estimation. appreciate often connotes sufficient understanding to enjoy or admire a thing's excellence. appreciates fine wine value implies rating a thing highly for its intrinsic worth. values our friendship prize implies taking a deep pride in something one possesses. Americans prize their freedom treasure emphasizes jealously safeguarding something considered precious. a treasured memento cherish implies a special love and care for something. cherishes her children above all

Examples of treasure in a Sentence

Noun a legend about the pirates' buried treasure Central Park is one of New York City's many treasures. Grandmother's nurse has been a real treasure. Verb He treasures that autographed baseball. My grandmother's ring is my most treasured possession.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The treasure hunt completed by the Wolfe sisters was the fifth hunt that Maxim and Cline have put together. Kolbie Peterson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 19 Sep. 2022 What: Demos and presentations on pirate life in 1700s, flintlock pistol duels, pirate tug-o-war, swashbuckling swordplay, cannon firing, treasure hunt for kids. Mary Colurso |, al, 15 Sep. 2022 Delicious coffees and teas are easy to find at Houston grocery stores, so the real treasure hunt at World Market is in the cans or bottles. Lauren Mcdowell, Chron, 13 Sep. 2022 For weeks, Mitchell had been linked in rumors to the New York Knicks, who have been pursuing talent upgrades and possess a treasure chest of tradable assets that other teams might find hard to match., 1 Sep. 2022 For Tyreek Hill, the perennial All-Pro receiver who the Miami Dolphins traded a treasure chest of draft picks for, and gave what was at that time the largest contract ever given to a receiver, that moment came during his senior year of high school. Omar Kelly, Sun Sentinel, 29 Aug. 2022 Auburn football in the second year of coach Bryan Harsin is like a mystery treasure chest of surprises at the dentist’s office. Tom Green |, al, 28 Aug. 2022 This one in particular comes complete with a water beads (which are fun, squishy, and slippery), three foam mermaids, two squeaky jellyfish, a scoop, shells, plastic seahorses, gems, a treasure chest, and a fake aquarium plant. Ysolt Usigan, Woman's Day, 18 Aug. 2022 Thomas never intended to kick off a public treasure hunt on Mount Washington. Spencer Buell,, 2 Sep. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Red Sox play seven of their final 10 games at Fenway Park and J.D. Martinez plans to treasure them. Peter Abraham,, 25 Sep. 2022 But recently, some couples have started to treasure something new: their kid’s first Pokémon. Teddy Amenabar, Washington Post, 10 Aug. 2022 People who collect them wear them, treasure them, but are in many ways private about them. Victoria Gomelsky, Robb Report, 3 June 2022 Engaging your crew in a little friendly competition will get everyone's adrenaline pumping, keep the post-holiday doldrums away and even make some new memories to treasure for years to come. Lizz Schumer, Good Housekeeping, 22 Aug. 2022 No other people, in a world-class place like Alaska, my bear spray tucked into my backpack and views that many people treasure during fleeting, weeklong vacations. Alli Harvey, Anchorage Daily News, 21 Aug. 2022 Whether organizing a protest against book bans, or organizing a poetry reading, it’s all to help Latino communities treasure their stories – and themselves. Henry Gass, The Christian Science Monitor, 11 Aug. 2022 Look for the good times and treasure the special moments along the way. Melinda Butler Mayo, Good Housekeeping, 26 July 2022 In life, Javier, 40, gave a gift that many now treasure: true friendship. Orlando Sentinel Staff, Orlando Sentinel, 12 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of treasure


12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for treasure


Middle English tresor, from Anglo-French, from Latin thesaurus — more at thesaurus

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4 Oct 2022

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“Treasure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Oct. 2022.

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trea·​sure | \ ˈtre-zhər How to pronounce treasure (audio) \

Kids Definition of treasure

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : wealth (as money or jewels) stored up or held in reserve
2 : something of great value The park is one of the city's treasures.


treasured; treasuring

Kids Definition of treasure (Entry 2 of 2)

: to treat as precious : cherish Ramona, who liked to draw … treasured the new eraser …— Beverly Cleary, Ramona Quimby, Age 8



Legal Definition of treasure

: personal property that is hidden in something else for an extended period and whose owner cannot be determined

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