treasure trove

noun

Definition of treasure trove

  1. 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. 2 :  a valuable discovery, resource, or collection

Examples of treasure trove in a Sentence

  1. Divers found a treasure trove of gold and silver in the wreckage of a ship that sank hundreds of years ago.

  2. 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

Origin and Etymology of treasure trove

Anglo-French tresor trové, literally, found treasure


First Known Use: 1523


TREASURE TROVE Defined for English Language Learners

treasure trove

noun

Definition of treasure trove for English Language Learners

  • : 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


Law Dictionary

treasure trove

noun \-ˈtrōv\

Legal Definition of treasure trove

  1. :  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

Additional Notes on treasure trove

State law determines who is entitled to a treasure trove.



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