see also: Treasure
  • (GA) IPA: /ˈtɹɛʒɚ/
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈtɹɛʒə/


  1. (uncountable) A collection of valuable things; accumulated wealth; a stock of money, jewels, etc.
  2. (countable) Anything greatly valued.
    • Bible, Exodus xix. 5
      Ye shall be peculiar treasure unto me.
    • 1681, Nahum Tate, The History of King Lear
      I found the whole to answer your Account of it, a Heap of Jewels, unstrung and unpolisht; yet so dazling in their Disorder, that I soon perceiv'd I had seiz'd a Treasure.
    • 1946, Ernest Tubb, Filipino Baby
      She's my Filipino baby she's my treasure and my pet
      Her teeth are bright and pearly and her hair is black as jet
  3. (countable) A term of endearment.
    • 1922, Francis Rufus Bellamy, A Flash of Gold
      "Hello, Treasure," he said without turning round. For a second she hesitated, standing in the soft light of the lamp, the deep blue of the rug making a background for her, the black fur collar of her coat framing the vivid beauty of her face.
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treasure (treasures, present participle treasuring; past and past participle treasured)

  1. (transitive, of a person or thing) To consider to be precious; to value highly.
    Oh, this ring is beautiful! I’ll treasure it forever.
    • 1838, Eliza Cook, "The Old Armchair", in Melania and other Poems
      I LOVE it, I love it ; and who shall dare
      To chide me for loving that old Arm-chair ?
      I've treasured it long as a sainted prize ;
      I've bedewed it with tears, and embalmed it with sighs.
  2. (transitive) To store or stow in a safe place.
    • 1825, Walter Scott, The Talisman
      The rose-buds, withered as they were, were still treasured under his cuirass, and nearest to his heart.
  3. (transitive, obsolete) To enrich.
  • (to consider to be precious) cherish
  • (to consider to be precious) despise
  • Italian: apprezzare
  • Russian: ценить
  • Spanish: atesorar

Proper noun
  1. Surname
  2. A female given name.

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