Definition of treasure trove in English:

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treasure trove

Pronunciation: /ˈtreZHər ˌtrōv/


1Valuables of unknown ownership that are found hidden, in some cases declared the property of the finder.
Example sentences
  • If it is, it may be declared treasure trove and become the property of the Crown - but at least you'd be compensated.
  • I just take them to Colonel March, the coroner, tell him where I found them and he rules they're lost property, not treasure trove, and gives them back to me.
  • Last month a stunning 13th century gold stirrup ring, set with a sapphire, that he uncovered at a different site near the town, was declared treasure trove at an inquest at Chippenham Magistrates Court.
1.1A hidden store of valuable or delightful things: your book is a treasure trove of unspeakable delights
More example sentences
  • Down the steps here into a treasure trove of stores selling gifts, leather goods, fun jewelry, men's and women's accessories, ties, belts and shoes.
  • The present book breaks new ground, unearthing a treasure trove of visual delights as well as a profusion of new information.
  • The painstaking effort, neatly tied with pink ribbon, with its affectionate dedication to her parents in red crayon on the cover, is preserved in the Royal Library, a treasure trove of books and manuscripts housed in Windsor Castle.


Late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French tresor trové, literally 'found treasure'.

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