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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One corner housed vintage Hermès Birkin bags, while another featured a treasure trove of beauty serums and potions. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Gwyneth Paltrow Celebrates Goop Lab’s New York Arrival," 15 Nov. 2018 Thanks to a year-long project to locate, digitize, and process all that extra audio (completed in July), diehard space fans can now access a fresh treasure trove of minutiae from the Apollo 11 mission. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Behind-the-scenes audio from Apollo 11 mission made public for first time," 12 Nov. 2018 This veritable treasure trove also includes Soane’s drawing office, the only surviving early 19th-century architectural workspace of its kind. Olivia Martin, Town & Country, "Sir John Soane’s Museum Foundation Announces 2018 Visionaries Gala," 19 Sep. 2018 The perpetrators of mass shootings often provide a treasure trove of insight into their violent tendencies, but the information is not always seen by law enforcement until after the violence is carried out. Lisa Marie Pane, The Seattle Times, "Online rants by would-be shooters create dilemma for police," 30 Oct. 2018 Stylebeat takes a look at glamorous Regency finds—including brightly colored pieces and a treasure trove of mirrors—from C. Bell in Palm Beach. Leah Konen, ELLE Decor, "What We're Reading: May 26, 2010," 26 May 2011 Will this data become a treasure trove for hackers and scammers? Nadra Nittle, Vox, "This new would-be currency isn’t crypto — but is it for real?," 8 Nov. 2018 The latest treasure trove of information quietly made public reveals what might have been the earliest Soviet proposal to permanently colonize the moon. Anatoly Zak, Popular Mechanics, "The Soviet Union's Secret Moon Base That Never Was," 11 Feb. 2016 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

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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
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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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