trea·​sure | \ ˈtre-zhər How to pronounce treasure (audio) , ˈtrā- \

Definition of treasure

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a(1) : wealth (such as money, jewels, or precious metals) stored up or hoarded buried treasure
(2) : wealth of any kind or in any form : riches
b : a store of money in reserve
2 : something of great worth or value also : a person esteemed as rare or precious
3 : a collection of precious things


treasured; treasuring\ ˈtre-​zh(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce treasure (audio) , ˈtrā-​ \

Definition of treasure (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to hold or keep as precious : cherish, prize she treasured those memories
2 : to collect and store up (something of value) for future use : hoard

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Synonyms & Antonyms for treasure

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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appreciate, value, prize, treasure, cherish mean to hold in high estimation. appreciate often connotes sufficient understanding to enjoy or admire a thing's excellence. appreciates fine wine value implies rating a thing highly for its intrinsic worth. values our friendship prize implies taking a deep pride in something one possesses. Americans prize their freedom treasure emphasizes jealously safeguarding something considered precious. a treasured memento cherish implies a special love and care for something. cherishes her children above all

Examples of treasure in a Sentence

Noun a legend about the pirates' buried treasure Central Park is one of New York City's many treasures. Grandmother's nurse has been a real treasure. Verb He treasures that autographed baseball. My grandmother's ring is my most treasured possession.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There will be games, food trucks and a treasure hunt for bags of candy. Liz Hardaway, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio's San Fernando passion play coming to screens for Good Friday," 31 Mar. 2021 Nature is our greatest asset and our most precious treasure, the jewel of all jewels. Monica Mendal, Forbes, "What Does Sustainability Look Like For Fine Jewelry? This Designer Is Paving The Way.," 1 Mar. 2021 The permanent collection is how a museum, on behalf of its community, participates in the long relay race of history, handing off its treasure like a baton from one generation to the next. Benjamin Lima, Dallas News, "What art is like now: The DMA’s recent acquisitions range from goofy to transcendent," 10 Feb. 2021 At times nerve-wracking, and often unexpectedly funny, Unorthodox is full of rich characters, but its true treasure is the breakout performance of Shira Haas as the show’s young heroine. Wired Staff, Wired, "The Best Pop Culture That Got Us Through 2020," 16 Dec. 2020 Sea level rise threatens coastal communities, putting their multibillion-dollar economies — and our natural treasure — in jeopardy. Los Angeles Times, "Column: California’s ‘climate damn emergency’ can’t be ignored," 16 Dec. 2020 Others fretted the government would send soldiers to confiscate their treasure. New York Times, "Treasure Washes Up on Venezuela’s Shore, Bringing Gold and Hope to a Village," 12 Dec. 2020 Elsewhere in the Baltic, a ship that was sunk while transporting a cargo of liquor to the last Russian Czar is revealing its boozy treasure. James Rogers, Fox News, "17th-century merchant ship discovered in the Baltic," 14 Sep. 2020 Here, the duo shares some of their favorite treasure hunting tricks of the trade. Allison Duncan, House Beautiful, "Treasure Hunting Tips and Tricks from the Design Duo Behind Pierce & Ward," 8 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Choosing these natural, pastel colored eggs is the perfect way to display nature's beauty, support local farmers, and create a spring keepsake to treasure for years to come. Rachael Lagarde Walker, Southern Living, "These DIY Gold Speckled Farmers' Market Easter Eggs Will Last for Years To Come," 31 Mar. 2021 Traveling creates lifelong, happy memories that people treasure and revisit often. Amy Blankson, Forbes, "Proven Ways Travel Increases Happiness Levels And Enhances Quality Of Life In Adults," 5 Mar. 2021 Rosemarie worked many weekends, so a night off was something to treasure. Ann Givens, Detroit Free Press, "'He killed my baby': Michigan woman 'did everything right' to protect herself from ex," 26 Jan. 2021 For those who treasure the First Amendment’s guarantee of religious liberty and fear that much of the political left seeks to drive religion from the public square, the day’s events likely came as a welcome relief. James Freeman, WSJ, "Biden, Faith and Tolerance," 20 Jan. 2021 In recent years, investigators have realized that automobiles — particularly newer models — can be treasure troves of digital evidence. NBC News, "Insecure wheels: Police turn to car data to destroy suspects' alibis," 28 Dec. 2020 Photographer Ami Vitale first met Sudan in 2009 and has since been dedicated to documenting the plight of the subspecies—driven nearly to extinction by poachers who treasure the rhino’s horn. Nick Nichols, Photography, "Nat Geo’s 21 most compelling images of the 21st century," 8 Dec. 2020 Ruby Bridges is a woman with a career, children, and grandchildren now, but the nation will always treasure her six-year-old self. Domenica Bongiovanni, USA TODAY, "60 years ago, Ruby Bridges integrated a New Orleans school. Here's what she tells kids today," 14 Nov. 2020 Probably not, but die-hard fans will treasure stories with Keillor as the central character, rather than trying to discover him behind that Guy Noir mask. Neal Justin And Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Review: 'That Time of Year: A Minnesota Life,' by Garrison Keillor," 24 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of treasure


12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for treasure


Middle English tresor, from Anglo-French, from Latin thesaurus — more at thesaurus

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“Treasure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of treasure

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: something valuable (such as money, jewels, gold, or silver) that is hidden or kept in a safe place
: something that is very special, important, or valuable
: a person who is greatly loved or valued especially because of being very helpful



English Language Learners Definition of treasure (Entry 2 of 2)

: to value (something) very much


trea·​sure | \ ˈtre-zhər How to pronounce treasure (audio) \

Kids Definition of treasure

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : wealth (as money or jewels) stored up or held in reserve
2 : something of great value The park is one of the city's treasures.


treasured; treasuring

Kids Definition of treasure (Entry 2 of 2)

: to treat as precious : cherish Ramona, who liked to draw … treasured the new eraser …— Beverly Cleary, Ramona Quimby



Legal Definition of treasure

: personal property that is hidden in something else for an extended period and whose owner cannot be determined

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