treasure trove


: 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
: a valuable discovery, resource, or collection

Example Sentences

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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Word History


Anglo-French tresor trové, literally, found treasure

First Known Use

1523, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of treasure trove was in 1523

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Cite this Entry

“Treasure trove.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

treasure trove

: treasure of unknown ownership found buried or hidden
: a valuable discovery

Legal Definition

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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