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

boast, credit, crown jewel, glory, honor, jewel, pride, trophy

Synonyms: Verb

appreciate, cherish, love, prize, value

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


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.


He treasures that autographed baseball. My grandmother's ring is my most treasured possession.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The details are laid out in a circa-1971 UPI story from Rossie, Iowa, about ‘a treasure of rare automobiles including one of the rarest vehicles known . . Bulletin Board, Twin Cities, "Sunday Bulletin Board: Four boys at a driving range, swinging as hard as they can. What could possibly go wrong?," 18 Aug. 2019 This crackdown removed a major source of demand for U.S. real-estate treasures. Washington Post, "China’s Fire Sale of Trophy Assets Is No Bargain," 18 Sep. 2019 Detroit is sending a treasures show, a nice one but nothing that sounds intellectually challenging. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Art Bridges’ Art Populism," 14 Sep. 2019 One showrunner’s trash is a talk-show host’s treasure. Nick Romano,, "Reese Witherspoon's viral Big Little Lies moment becomes Ellen's new game," 12 Sep. 2019 One treasure bloomed on its flanks: an otherworldly, multicolored forest. Warren Cornwall, Science | AAAS, "Mountains hidden in the deep sea are biological hot spots. Will mining ruin them?," 12 Sep. 2019 Among Hasankeyf’s treasures are a 13th-century palace of the Artuqid dynasty, a 15th-century mosque and the ruins of a Byzantine citadel. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Turkey Is Moving Forward With Plans to Flood a 10,000-Year-Old City," 12 Sep. 2019 Like so many other worthwhile treasures, the search is worth it. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Polyantha roses are prolific bloomers and rugged survivors," 12 Sep. 2019 One of them, Round Top Mountain, sits atop a treasure that belies its unassuming appearance: a rich collection of rare earth elements, including the largest deposit of heavy rare earths in the U.S. Naomi Xu Elegant, Fortune, "How 2 American Rare Earth Companies Are Looking Past the Trade War—to Prepare for the Tech War," 10 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The cryptobenthics eat microscopic stuff—filamentous algae, coral mucus, tiny crustaceans—and convert it to food for the hundreds of large fish species that define coral reefs in the minds of those who treasure them. Jennifer Hayes, National Geographic, "Coral reefs depend on lots of fish the size of jellybeans," 23 May 2019 Hair and makeup artist Orlioh’s skilled hands are to thank for the adornment, while Dingwall’s treasured lens captured Saidi’s unique beauty in such a stunning light. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "What I Double-Tapped This Weekend: Next Level Bejeweled Beauty," 9 Sep. 2019 To commemorate this most eventful year in music and culture on the week of Woodstock's 50th anniversary, the Billboard staff is ranking our 100 favorite songs from a year treasured by Bryan Adams and New York Mets fans alike. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 100 Best Songs of 1969: Staff Picks," 14 Aug. 2019 Iowans treasure the national attention that shines on them every four years when presidential candidates descend on the state, whose caucuses mark the beginning of an election year. Michelle L. Price, The Denver Post, "Too many candidates: Some Iowans tired of massive 2020 Democratic field," 9 Aug. 2019 Sword and Shield will debut new creatures to capture, including sheep Pokémon Wooloo, whose fluffy fur which is treasured by weavers who use it to craft specialty goods. Michelle Lou, CNN, "Here's what we know about Pokemon Sword and Shield so far," 5 June 2019 The sound of several coyotes — or just one — howling is something to be treasured. Shannon Tompkins,, "Meet the coyote, one of nature’s great tricksters," 13 June 2019 This unique adventure will be talked about and their findings treasured for years to come. Discover Magazine, "7 Family Friendly Bucket List Adventures in Beaver Creek," 17 Aug. 2018 Anyone who treasures Connecticut's Quiet Corner will enjoy this book, which showcases the picturesque Thames River basin. Courant Community, "Community News For The Vernon Edition," 5 June 2018

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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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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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