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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Local municipalities in the United States are starting to think about putting their city treasury into bitcoin. Roger Huang, Forbes, "Institutional Support Is Coming To Bitcoin," 24 Feb. 2021 Today, the site is a rabbit warren of layered conversations and a treasury of practical know-how. Joanna Steinhardt, Wired, "Hackers, Mason Jars, and the Psychedelic Science of DIY Shrooms," 12 Feb. 2021 Draghi has served in past Italian governments, was a director of Italy's treasury and knows well the machinery of government at both the European and Italian level. Jason Horowitz, Star Tribune, "Draghi accepts plea to try to lift Italy out of crisis," 3 Feb. 2021 The Senate confirmed Janet Yellen to be treasury secretary on Monday in a strong bipartisan 84-15 vote, making Yellen the first woman to lead the Treasury. Tyler Van Dyke, Washington Examiner, "Senate confirms Janet Yellen as Treasury secretary," 25 Jan. 2021 There was the tax gatherer to take the grain from the fields and the flax from the spindle to feed the legions or to fill the hungry treasury from which divine Caesar gave largess to the people. WSJ, "In Hoc Anno Domini," 23 Dec. 2020 The Flint Settlement Trust Fund was created within the state treasury department Wednesday with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's signing of bipartisan Senate Bills 1251 and 1252. Miriam Marini, Detroit Free Press, "Gov. Whitmer signs bills funding $641 million settlement in Flint water cases," 31 Dec. 2020 This culminated in an exchange with the CEO of a software security called Microstrategy, Michael Saylor, who recently invested $250 million of the company's treasury in Bitcoin. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "Elon Musk trolls Bitcoin, causes novelty Dogecoin to soar," 21 Dec. 2020 Connecticut’s state treasury decided in May to withdraw a roughly $730 million account with Ashmore, according to regulatory filings. Matt Wirz, WSJ, "Reclusive Billionaire’s Bond Bets Backfire," 13 Dec. 2020

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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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“Treasury.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/treasury. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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treasury

noun

English Language Learners Definition of treasury

: the place where the money of a government, club, etc., is kept also : the money itself
: a place in a church, castle, palace, etc., where money and valuable objects are kept
: a group of valuable things that are related in some way

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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