1 accumulated wealth in the form of money or jewels etc.; "the pirates hid their treasure on a small island in the West Indies" [syn: hoarded wealth]
2 art highly prized for its beauty or perfection [syn: gem]
3 any possession that is highly valued by its owner; "the children returned from the seashore with their shells and other treasures"
4 a collection of precious things; "the trunk held all her meager treasures"
EtymologyFrom tresor, from thesaurus, from θησαυρός.
- Rhymes: -ɛʒə(r)
- : A collection of valuable things.
- buried treasure.
- : Any single thing one values greatly.
- : A term of endearment.
collection of valuable things
- Basque: altxor
- Catalan: tresor
- Chinese: 珍寶, 珍宝 (zhēnbǎo); 寶藏, 宝藏 (bǎozàng)
- Czech: poklad
- Dutch: schat
- Estonian: aare
- Finnish: aarre
- French: trésor
- German: Schatz
- Greek: θησαυρός (thisavrós)
- Hindi: खजाना (khajānā)
- Hungarian: kincs
- Italian: tesoro
- Japanese: 宝 (たから, takara), 宝物 (takara monó)
- Korean: 보물 (bomul), 보배 (bobae)
- Latin: thesaurus
- Maori: taonga
- Occitan: tresaur
- Old English: sceat
- Persian: (ganjineh)
- Portuguese: tesouro
- Russian: сокровище (sokróvišče)
- Slovak: poklad
- Spanish: tesoro
- Swedish: skatt , rikedom
- Thai: (sŏm-bàt)
any single thing one values greatly
- French: trésor
- To consider something or someone to be precious.
- Oh, this ring is beautiful! I’ll treasure it forever.
consider something or someone to be precious
Treasure (from Greek θησαυρος; thesaurus, meaning "a treasure of words", is a cognate) is a concentration of riches, often one which is considered lost or forgotten until being rediscovered. Some jurisdictions legally define what constitutes treasure (such as in the English Treasure Act 1996).
The phrase "blood and treasure" or "lives and treasure" has been used to refer to the human and monetary costs associated with various (usually state-initiated) endeavours such as space exploration or war.
Treasure huntingSearching for hidden treasure is a common theme in legend and fiction, but real-life treasure hunters exist, and seek lost wealth for a living. Spanish treasure lost from the Spanish treasure fleet consisted of gold, silver, jewels (especially emeralds) and also cocoa, vanilla and brazilwood.
Archaeologists are sometimes described as treasure hunters, especially those from the 19th Century, although they themselves rarely wish to be associated with the term. Treasure hunters are often accused by archaeologists of pillaging ancient sites in their quests, destroying valuable information in the process.
Legally permitted shipwreck salvage under the direction of qualified archaeologists and the subsequent sale of artifacts and treasure by the salvors has been defended as ethical by pioneer underwater archaeologist E. Lee Spence. Spence argues that properly supervised treasure hunting can be a way to fund archaeology and save shipwrecks before they are destroyed by looters and/or lost or destroyed through manmade or natural forces. Spence casts the argument in terms of capitalism versus socialism in underwater archaeology.
Illegal sales of antiquities to foreign buyers are also attributed to illicit treasure hunting.
Famous "hidden treasures"
- See :Category:Treasure troves
- Captain Kidd
- Oak Island
- Treasure of the Knights Templar
- Rennes le Château
- Štěchovice Treasure of the Czech Republic
- Beale treasure
- RMS Republic
- Amber room
- Treasure of the Llanganatis
- Lost Dutchman's Gold Mine
- Treasure of Nagyszentmiklós
- Preslav treasure
- Treasure of the Changes Khan
- Treasure of the Lost City Drwarika - An Indian mythological city
- Treasure of the Alexandria
- Treasure of the Maya
Treasure in film and literature
- The treasure of Monte Cristo (1844)
- Treasure Island (1882)
- The Maltese Falcon (1930)
- Treasure Island (1934)
- The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
- The Treasure series (1958)
- Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
- The Goonies (1985)
- Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
- National Treasure (2004)
- National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007)
- One Piece
- ''Fool's Gold (film)
- Ethics in Underwater Archaeology (Capitalism versus Socialism in Underwater Archaeology) by E. Lee Spence
- The Canadian Museum of Civilization - Treasures section
- Treasure Center Treasure and archaeological adventure site. Treasure and archaeological exhibits from around the world, lost treasures, treasure hunting tips, and the latest in fascinating treasure and archaeological news from around the world, updated daily.
- Treasure recoveries and sunken treasure
- Discovering history through archaeology and treasure hunting
- http://www.ScrollQuest.comArmchair treasure hunting and treasure lore site.
- International Treasure Hunting forum. Real people, real treasure
treasure in Bulgarian: Съкровище
treasure in Catalan: Tresor
treasure in German: Schatz
treasure in French: Trésor
treasure in Scottish Gaelic: Ionmhas
treasure in Bishnupriya: টেসৌরো
treasure in Italian: Tesoro
treasure in Lithuanian: Lobis
treasure in Japanese: 宝
treasure in Portuguese: Tesouro
treasure in Romanian: Tesouro
treasure in Russian: Клад
treasure in Finnish: Aarre
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