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
  1. noun
    any possession that is highly valued by its owner
    “the children returned from the seashore with their shells and other treasures
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    anything owned or possessed
  2. noun
    a collection of precious things
    “the trunk held all her meager treasures
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    accumulation, aggregation, assemblage, collection
    several things grouped together or considered as a whole
  3. noun
    accumulated wealth in the form of money or jewels etc.
    “the pirates hid their treasure on a small island in the West Indies”
    synonyms: 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
  4. noun
    art highly prized for its beauty or perfection
    synonyms: gem
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    art, fine art
    the products of human creativity; works of art collectively
  5. verb
    hold dear
    synonyms: 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
  6. verb
    be fond of; be attached to
    synonyms: care for, cherish, hold dear
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    have affection for; feel tenderness for
    type of:
    have a great affection or liking for
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