treasure trove

noun
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

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

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

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Origin and Etymology of treasure trove

Anglo-French tresor trové, literally, found treasure


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

: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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