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 treasuring (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 That means that things like digging for treasure and crouching to inspect insects could be directly connected with improved reading and writing skills. Michelle Z. Donahue, National Geographic, "Worried about a coronavirus summer slump? Boost kids’ brainpower with nature.," 21 May 2020 Thomas Stanley Westoll and William Graham-Smith were looking for Devonian-age fossils, and the cliffs were known to be an El Dorado for such treasures. John A. Long, Scientific American, "How a 380-Million-Year-Old Fish Gave Us Fingers," 20 May 2020 Teen drama Outer Banks, which dropped on April 15, tells the story of teenagers hunting for treasure. Kaitlin Reilly,, "The Stars Of Outer Banks & Hollywood‘s Friendship Is Netflix’s Best Bromance," 6 May 2020 Serving up hard drinks and attitude, Duchess is a key player in the search for this mysterious treasure everyone’s talking about. Sarah Leboeuf, Ars Technica, "Fallout 76’s “Wastelanders” expansion makes West Virginia feel like home," 24 Apr. 2020 Virtual Easter egg hunts mean that kids young (and old!) can hunt for treasures from the comfort of their homes and backyards, while friends and family look on (and have their own hunts) via videoconferencing apps. Brie Dyas, Country Living, "How to Host a Virtual Easter Egg Hunt," 2 Apr. 2020 The pair set out from the Denver area March 17 to search for Forrest Fenn's treasure, CBS Denver reported. CBS News, "Another person dies looking for famous hidden treasure in Rocky Mountains," 26 Mar. 2020 The characters build houses, shake trees for treasure, and create their own outfits like tiny Frauline Marias. Shanna Shipin, Glamour, "The Nintendo Switch Is My Favorite Anti-Stress Ritual," 19 Mar. 2020 Niamh Hanranhan, a jewelry maker, was looking for treasures, too. Steve Rubenstein,, "This San Francisco warehouse is full of either junk or possibilities," 3 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This one should be a virtual no-brainer, as Hole frontwoman Courtney Love fits all the best and worst parts of the rock star archetype that the Hall of Fame so often seems to treasure. Andrew Unterberger, Billboard, "10 Female Artists Who Should Be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (And 5 Who Might Come Next)," 15 Jan. 2020 Transform family history into digital keepsakes for a gift Mom (and future generations) can treasure forever. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "Preserve Your Favorite Family Memories By Salvaging Old VHS Tapes and Photo Negatives," 28 Apr. 2020 For the mom who treasures her beauty routine: A lighted makeup mirror Applying makeup or plucking eyebrows in the dark is asking for a disaster—that’s where lighted makeup mirrors come in. Jessica Kasparian, USA TODAY, "25 Mother’s Day gifts moms actually want," 10 Apr. 2020 Scurry welcomes the changes and looks forward to celebrating its history, treasuring its present, and shaping its future for years to come. Caroline Rogers, Southern Living, "This Charming Charleston Garden Thrives Season After Season," 9 Apr. 2020 One aspect Pattem treasures most about local shopping is the personal connection the shops have to the owners. Nneka M. Okona, Condé Nast Traveler, "Madrid Residents Are Turning to Local Mercados Amid the Coronavirus," 31 Mar. 2020 For those of us who treasure living our lives outdoors, sacrificing our fun is the easier part. Thomas Peipert, USA TODAY, "Coronavirus shutdowns deliver 'body blow' to Colorado's ski industry," 26 Mar. 2020 With its English-language name (which belies its broad multiculturalism), family-size sourdough breads and small selection of homey sweets, Circus is an outlier in a city that treasures polished patisseries. Dorie Greenspan, New York Times, "French as Apple Pie," 4 Mar. 2020 While Florida may or may not allow Key West to enact its ban, Hawaii, another state that treasures its coral reefs, has banned sunscreens containing the chemicals in question. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "Why Floridians are fighting over sunscreen bans," 24 Jan. 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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The first known use of treasure was in the 12th century

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30 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Treasure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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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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