Treasure is usually associated with riches — gold, jewels, doubloons — the stuff contained in pirates' treasure chests. However, you can also treasure things with purely sentimental value — like your pet rock or your blankie.

The English word treasure comes from the Old French tresor, both meaning "something of great worth." Still, the French tresor sounds so much more luxurious than the English treasure, and that form is the chosen name for an expensive perfume. Worth is relative, though. Going back further, we find that the Latin word for treasury is thesaurus, which is what a book of synonyms is called. Guess the ancients always understood the richness — and worth — of words.

Definitions of treasure

n any possession that is highly valued by its owner

“the children returned from the seashore with their shells and other treasures
Type of:
anything owned or possessed

n a collection of precious things

“the trunk held all her meager treasures
Type of:
accumulation, aggregation, assemblage, collection
several things grouped together or considered as a whole

n accumulated wealth in the form of money or jewels etc.

“the pirates hid their treasure on a small island in the West Indies”
hoarded wealth
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a large amount of wealth or prosperity
something of value
king's ransom
a very large treasure
treasure trove, trove
treasure of unknown ownership found hidden (usually in the earth)
valuable goods
precious metal
any of the less common and valuable metals often used to make coins or jewelry
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riches, wealth
an abundance of material possessions and resources

n art highly prized for its beauty or perfection

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art, fine art
the products of human creativity; works of art collectively

v hold dear

appreciate, prize, value
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do justice
show due and full appreciation
recognise, recognize
show approval or appreciation of
honor, honour, reward
bestow honor or rewards upon
place in the church calendar as a red-letter day honoring a saint
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consider, reckon, regard, see, view
deem to be

v be fond of; be attached to

care for, cherish, hold dear
have affection for; feel tenderness for
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have a great affection or liking for