treasury

noun
trea·​sury | \ ˈtre-zh(ə-)rē How to pronounce treasury (audio) , ˈtrā- \
plural treasuries

Definition of treasury

1a : a place in which stores of wealth are kept
b : the place of deposit and disbursement of collected funds especially : one where public revenues are deposited, kept, and disbursed
c : funds kept in such a depository
2 Treasury
a : a governmental department in charge of finances and especially the collection, management, and expenditure of public revenues
b : the building in which the business of such a governmental department is transacted
3 Treasury plural also Treasurys : a government security (such as a note or bill) issued by the Treasury
4 : a repository for treasures a treasury of poems
5 obsolete : treasure

Examples of treasury in a Sentence

A government official has been accused of stealing from the nation's treasury. The fees are deposited into the state's treasury. A part of the nation's treasury is spent on space exploration. The author has collected a treasury of facts and lore about horses.
Recent Examples on the Web In the waning days of the war, in April 1865, Confederate President Jefferson Davis fled Richmond with a trainload of what was left of the Confederate treasury in gold and silver. Washington Post, 2 May 2022 With the General Assembly’s tax-cutting debate poised to shift into high gear next week, Republican leaders pressed Gov. Ned Lamont on Friday to challenge U.S. treasury rules that limit how much relief Connecticut officials can dole out this year. Keith M. Phaneuf, courant.com, 2 Apr. 2022 These aggregators can connect bank APIs to a client’s data lake or warehouse, or banks can recommend API-ready treasury and finance tools. Peter Klein, Forbes, 18 Mar. 2022 Cruise, which has about 2,000 employees—less than 50 of them in finance, accounting and purchasing—is working closely with GM in areas such as accounting, tax and treasury, Mr. Nash said. Nina Trentmann, WSJ, 23 Feb. 2022 However, last week, the U.S. treasury blocked the country's access to its reserves in American banks. Carmela Chirinos, Fortune, 11 Apr. 2022 If that doesn’t happen the money becomes the property of the U.S. treasury. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, 28 Mar. 2022 Ramses was the third pharaoh of Egypt’s 19th Dynasty, ruling from 1279 to 1213 B.C.E. Ptah-M-Wia led his treasury, served as royal scribe and supervisor of cattle, and presided over sacrifices at the Ramses II temple in Thebes. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 Nov. 2021 On Monday, the Egyptian pound dropped 14% against the dollar after Russia's invasion of Ukraine prompted foreign investors to pull billions of dollars out of Egyptian treasury markets. Nadeen Ebrahim, CNN, 23 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of treasury

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for treasury

Middle English tresorie, from Anglo-French, from tresor treasure

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4 May 2022

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“Treasury.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/treasury. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for treasury

treasury

noun
trea·​sury | \ ˈtre-zhə-rē How to pronounce treasury (audio) \
plural treasuries

Kids Definition of treasury

1 : a place in which money and valuable objects are kept
2 : a place where money collected is kept and paid out
3 capitalized : a government department in charge of finances

treasury

noun
trea·​sury | \ ˈtre-zhə-rē, ˈtrā- How to pronounce treasury (audio) \
plural treasuries

Legal Definition of treasury

1a : a place in which stores of wealth are kept
b : the place of deposit and disbursement of collected funds especially : one where public revenues are deposited, kept, and disbursed
c : funds kept in such a depository
2 capitalized
a : a governmental department in charge of finances and especially the collection, management, and expenditure of public revenues
b : the building in which the business of such a governmental department is transacted
3 capitalized : a government security (as a note or bill) issued by the Treasury

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