treasure trove

noun

Definition of treasure trove

1 : treasure that anyone finds specifically : gold or silver in the form of money, plate, or bullion which is found hidden and whose ownership is not known
2 : a valuable discovery, resource, or collection

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Examples of treasure trove in a Sentence

Divers found a treasure trove of gold and silver in the wreckage of a ship that sank hundreds of years ago. the ancient city, having been almost perfectly preserved under volcanic ash for nearly 2,000 years, is proving to be a treasure trove of archaeological information
Recent Examples on the Web It’s about a colossal treasure trove of handcrafted wooden steelmaking patterns used in the sand casting of steel machine parts, collected from a shuttered steel mill in Youngstown, Ohio, and stored away for decades in a nearby barn. Jim Vinoski, Forbes, 6 Oct. 2021 The inside, however, is a treasure trove of antiques and vibrant colors, thanks to the work of designer and longtime friend of the family, Mary Bryan Peyer. House Beautiful, 1 Sep. 2021 If Sliwa’s candidacy somehow gains traction, there is a treasure trove of opposition research for Adams to mine. Tom Robbins, The New Yorker, 27 Aug. 2021 And lots and lots of redwoods. Northern California is a treasure trove of memorable adventures for travelers hoping to eke every bit of enjoyment out of summer. Los Angeles Times, 19 Aug. 2021 The fossil was discovered in the Jehol Biota -- an ecosystem dating back 133 to 120 million years ago -- in northeastern China, and the deposits there have been a treasure trove of fossil discoveries, including examples of ancient flight. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 16 Sep. 2021 This treasure trove of pre-Prohibition bourbons, vintage whisky and port, aged rum and premium spirits will be a liquor enthusiast’s paradise. Tim Walters, USA TODAY, 29 July 2021 Around 2015, two researchers who study the biomedical workforce found a treasure trove in the National Archives: a stash of applications from a Vietnam War–era program for young doctors. Viviane Callier, Wired, 6 Sep. 2021 In terms of plant life, the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens are a veritable treasure trove of flora from across the globe, with tens of thousands of verdant specimens housed within the downtown campus. Jared Ranahan, Forbes, 29 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of treasure trove

1523, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for treasure trove

Anglo-French tresor trové, literally, found treasure

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The first known use of treasure trove was in 1523

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15 Oct 2021

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“Treasure trove.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/treasure%20trove. Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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treasure trove

noun

English Language Learners Definition of treasure trove

: a collection of valuable things (such as gold and silver coins or jewels) found in a place where it was hidden, buried, etc.
: a source or collection of valuable things

treasure trove

noun
\ -ˈtrōv \

Legal Definition of treasure trove

: treasure that anyone finds specifically : gold or silver in the form of money, plate, or bullion that is found hidden and whose ownership is not known

Note: State law determines who is entitled to a treasure trove.

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