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

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Hell Creek — which spans Montana, both Dakotas and Wyoming — is a fossil treasure trove that includes numerous types of dinosaurs, mammals, reptiles and fish trapped in clay and stone from 65 to 70 million years ago. Seth Borenstein, The Seattle Times, "Snapshot of extinction: Fossils show day of killer asteroid," 3 Apr. 2019 One of the highlights of this job is to get to see historical treasure trove's that aren't open to the public. Fox News, "John Bolton on Maduro 'assassination' attempt, Russian election meddling," 5 Aug. 2018 Yes, your favorite place to buy handmade, personalized gifts is also a treasure trove of antiques and vintage pieces. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Here's Where to Buy Vintage Furniture Online, No Matter What Your Style Is," 29 Mar. 2019 After months of teasing a magical mermaid collection, the brand released a limited-edition mermaid eye shadow palette (that looks like it's been lifted straight from Ariel's own treasure trove) at Sephora last month. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "Tarte's Full Mermaid Makeup Collection Just Dropped and It's Pool-Side Beauty Goals," 15 Mar. 2018 Etsy really is a treasure trove of...well, everything. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "7 Places to Find and Buy Reclaimed Wood for Your Next DIY Project," 30 Jan. 2019 There wasn't a door or anything, really, except Day's memory to draw attention to the ceramic treasure trove from the company's namesake artist, Mary Alice Hadley. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville pottery company has a new owner and a trove of forgotten art," 11 June 2018 The band were previously used as a social media lesson in science and many of their other appearances have become a treasure trove of GIFs. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "BTS's Jungkook Strutting Down a Runway Is Now a Hilarious Meme," 17 Dec. 2018 The records contain a treasure trove of information about our home planet, including sounds, songs, and images from Earth. Cory Zapatka, The Verge, "Decoding images from the Golden Record," 30 Oct. 2018

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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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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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