treasure trove


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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Synonyms for treasure trove


cornucopia, mine, wellspring

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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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But instead of decentralising this treasure trove, as the Web 3.0 movement hopes to do in the West, China’s plan seems to be to centralise them even further to make the most of them. The Economist, "The ultimate walled gardenChina has the world’s most centralised internet system," 28 June 2018 Five weeks later, authorities dug up a treasure trove of documents in Shannon's backyard. Judy L. Thomas, kansascity, "Woman who shot Wichita abortion doctor, bombed clinics in 1990s released from prison | The Kansas City Star," 22 May 2018 Big Bend National Park The park's scenic mountains, verdant deserts and river plains hold a treasure trove of birds. Houston Chronicle, "Top birding spots around Texas," 10 May 2018 That Miró is no mirage — the work of the Spanish painter Joan Miró will join other masterpieces on the auction block Tuesday as the famously wealthy Rockefeller family offers up a treasure trove of artwork for sale. NBC News, "Rockefeller auction at Christie's poised to set records in art world," 6 May 2018 Smack bang in the middle of Marylebone High Street, Daunt Books is an Edwardian treasure trove specializing in wonderful travel books. Tom Marchant, Harper's BAZAAR, "103 Things to Do, See, Eat and Shop in London," 7 Dec. 2017 But the list, starting back in 1990 and including a single entry per year through 2018, is a treasure trove of garden recommendations. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "Gardeners can go from OK to superb with the help of these websites," 6 July 2018 Wiretapping laws mean there isn't a treasure trove of millions of phone calls Google can train its AI with. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Talking to Google Duplex: Google’s human-like phone AI feels revolutionary," 27 June 2018 The book is a treasure trove of pictures of homes, churches, schools and barns, as well as descriptions of various architectural styles and periods. Mary Jane Brewer,, "Susan McKiernan schools Weymouth residents on local history: Medina Local Legends," 10 May 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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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

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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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