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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun While The Hobbit's Thorin Oakenshield has to go around begging for help to reclaim his family's treasure, and LOTR's Gimli is the lone emissary of his race in that story, Rings of Power finds Middle-earth's dwarves at the height of their power. Christian Holub,, 14 June 2022 Most shoppers found at least one treasure worth taking home with them. Mary Jane Brewer, cleveland, 14 June 2022 But Finders Keepers, a treasure-hunting company that led agents to the remote woodland site in Pennsylvania in hopes of getting a finder's fee, suspect the FBI found tons of gold and made off with it. Michael Rubinkam, ajc, 13 June 2022 But Finders Keepers, a treasure-hunting company that led agents to the remote woodland site in Pennsylvania in hopes of getting a finder's fee, suspect the FBI found tons of gold and made off with it. CBS News, 13 June 2022 The San José was sailing from Portobelo, Panama as the flagship of a treasure fleet of 14 merchant vessels and three warships. David G.w. Birch, Forbes, 12 June 2022 That is what fuels us, not a desire for title or treasure. Los Angeles Times, 9 June 2022 One man’s trash is definitely another man’s treasure. Kevin Leblanc, ELLE, 8 June 2022 Although it was finally discovered in 2015, there are questions surrounding who is entitled to its treasure, according to CBS News. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 8 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This is ultimately a story about the romance of companionship, itself a thing to treasure in life. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 21 May 2022 Jot down one of these famous quotes in a Father’s Day card so dad can treasure the note forever. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, 19 May 2022 There will be memories to treasure, including moments from this series that served as reminders, over and over again, of just how much Bergeron brings to the hockey table. Globe Staff,, 14 May 2022 If anyone will treasure a DIY gift from the heart, it’s Grandma. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, 18 Apr. 2022 Tess, Katherine’s true-believer follower, doesn’t register privacy as something to treasure. Kate Knibbs, Wired, 30 Mar. 2022 Throughout his life, Gernreich’s work was invariably prized for being comfortable as well as audacious, and collectors still treasure his easy-to-wear separates. Washington Post, 29 Mar. 2022 Every creature, myself included, found ways to preserve and treasure that one precious thing. Blair Braverman, Outside Online, 27 Mar. 2022 Hackers treasure medical records because they can be used to file fraudulent Medicare claims and glean personal information for stealing identities. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 23 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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18 Jun 2022

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“Treasure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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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, Age 8



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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