from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A place in which treasure is kept.
  • n. A place in which private or public funds are received, kept, managed, and disbursed.
  • n. Such funds or revenues.
  • n. A collection of literary or artistic treasures: a treasury of English verse.
  • n. The department of a government in charge of the collection, management, and expenditure of the public revenue.
  • n. A security, such as a note, issued by the U.S. Treasury.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a place where treasure is stored safely
  • n. a place where state or royal money and valuables are stored
  • n. a collection or artistic or literary works

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A place or building in which stores of wealth are deposited; especially, a place where public revenues are deposited and kept, and where money is disbursed to defray the expenses of government; hence, also, the place of deposit and disbursement of any collected funds.
  • n. That department of a government which has charge of the finances.
  • n. A repository of abundance; a storehouse.
  • n. Hence, a book or work containing much valuable knowledge, wisdom, wit, or the like; a thesaurus.”
  • n. A treasure.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A house, room, or chest where treasure is laid up.
  • n. Figuratively, that wherein something precious is stored or secured; a repository.
  • n. Specifically, a place where the public revenues are deposited and kept, and where money is disbursed to defray the expenses of government; also, a place where the funds of an incorporated company or private society are deposited and disbursed.
  • n. A department of government which has control over the collection, management, and expenditure of the public revenue. See Department of the Treasury, under department.
  • n. The officers of the British treasury department.
  • n. A name given to a class of subterranean monuments consisting usually of a solid structure of masonry, of domical form, often with pseudo-vaulting in horizontal courses, either wholly underground or covered with a tumulus.
  • n. Treasure.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. negotiable debt obligations of the United States government which guarantees that interest and principal payments will be paid on time
  • n. the funds of a government or institution or individual
  • n. the government department responsible for collecting and managing and spending public revenues
  • n. the British cabinet minister responsible for economic strategy
  • n. a depository (a room or building) where wealth and precious objects can be kept safely
  • n. the federal department that collects revenue and administers federal finances; the Treasury Department was created in 1789


Middle English tresorie, from Old French, from tresor, treasure; see treasure.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French tresorie, from tresor ("treasure"), from Latin thēsaurus ("treasure"), from Ancient Greek θησαυρός (thesauros, "treasure house"). Compare French trésorie. (Wiktionary)



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