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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Everyone’s favorite modern mood board, Pinterest, is a treasure trove for inspiring imagery. Riley & Grey, Harper's BAZAAR, "When It Comes to Wedding Planning, Is Instagram the New Pinterest?," 30 July 2019 Whether people are just getting starting digging into their roots, or are experienced genealogists, the Simsbury Free Library is a treasure trove of information. courant.com, "Community News For The Farmington Valley Edition," 29 July 2019 The fossil was discovered in part of the Hell's Creek formation, known among experts as a treasure trove for fossils from different eras — namely, the Upper Cretaceous and lower Paleocene eras, or anywhere from 100.5 to 23 million years ago. Vandana Ravikumar, USA TODAY, "California college student Harrison Duran has long been 'obsessed' with dinosaurs. He just found a real one," 25 July 2019 North Dakota is part of the Hell Creek Formation, and this area is a treasure trove for finding fossils. Amanda Jackson, CNN, "College student unearths 65 million-year-old Triceratops skull," 24 July 2019 The lovely, deep lavender icing, made sparkly like fish scales with its sprinkles, is studded with a treasure trove of white chocolate goodies, most notably the mermaid’s tail. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "Disney’s mermaid donut: An enchanting “tail”," 22 July 2019 Banks have access to a treasure trove of data about their customers and their habits. John Detrixhe, Quartz, "Dutch regulator says banks shouldn’t snoop on customer payments to churches, casinos, or sex clubs," 10 July 2019 Whether people are just getting starting digging into their roots, or are experienced genealogists, the Simsbury Free Library is a treasure trove of information. courant.com, "Community News For The Farmington Valley Edition," 22 July 2019 Beneath their desolate surface, asteroids are believed to contain a rich treasure trove of information about the formation of the solar system billions of years ago. Ben Westcott, CNN, "Japan lands spacecraft on distant asteroid to collect samples," 11 July 2019

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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
\ -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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