From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishtreasuretrea‧sure1 /ˈtreʒə $ -ər/ ●●○ noun 1 [uncountable]VALUE a group of valuable things such as gold, silver, jewels etcburied/hidden/sunken treasure2 [countable]VALUE a very valuable and important object such as a painting or ancient document The Book of Kells is Trinity College’s greatest treasure.3 [singular] informalUSEFUL someone who is very useful or important to you Our housekeeper is a real treasure.
Examples from the Corpustreasure• Your old furniture could be a treasure to a growing number of collectors.• The proposal has evoked both indignation and humour with suggestions as to how art treasures can be divided by their national characteristics.• They had sacrificed their greatest treasures to give each other the best possible Christmas present.• Rarely in the annals of human history has any people committed so much of its treasure to such a noble cause.• What these students are discovering is that their homes, their neighbors and relatives, are a valuable natural treasure.• A husband that cooks and cleans is a real treasure.• From that moment forward I safeguarded Armand for the treasure he still remains.• They are to store up treasure in heaven and not on earth.• For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.buried/hidden/sunken treasure• Sea battles and voyages and plunder and buried treasure and king's pardons and kidnapped wenches.• You will present your solution to your classmates. Sunken Treasure Imagine that you are a diver looking for treasure.• In fact he was digging for buried treasure.• Decorate the room with a treasure chest, and the children all look for hidden treasure when they arrive.• Every year we look for buried treasure.• But the notion of buried treasure in Arizona is not crazy.• In part two: Hidden treasure ... pieces of history that can't be displayed.treasuretreasure2 verb [transitive] VALUEto keep and care for something that is very special, important, or valuable to you Jim treasured the gold pocket watch that his grandfather had given him. —treasured adjective [only before noun] A battered old guitar was his most treasured possession.→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpustreasure• She told him that she firmly believed he was missing an experience to be treasured.• Moore, for instance, treasures a collection of sayings Penny Scaggs had written for her in calligraphy.• Words that once were treasured and saved for moments of extreme emotion now spring from the tongue at the mildest invitation.• But, oh those treasured few.• I treasure the watch my grandfather gave me.most treasured possession• I loved David like a son and trusted him with my most treasured possession, my daughter.• But there are also signs that the most treasured possession of the academic elites, tenure, is under assault.Origin treasure1 (1100-1200) Old French tresor, from Latin thesaurus, from Greek thesauros