Definition of treasury in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtreZH(ə)rē/

noun (plural treasuries)

1The funds or revenue of a government, corporation, or institution: the country’s pledge not to spend more than it has in its treasury
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  • Derivatives are commonly packaged as ‘bond-like’ instruments and sold to the knuckleheads that manage things like pension funds and the treasuries of state and local governments.
  • At the same time, the central government was engaged in privatizing moribund state firms and assets, which supplemented the treasury's revenue intake.
  • He adds that it is necessary because, after he raised the corporate tax in the 1990s, funds to the treasury actually fell, as companies used loopholes to avoid taxes.
coffers, purse, finance department;
bank, revenues, finances, funds, moneys
1.1 (Treasury) (In some countries) the government department responsible for budgeting for and controlling public expenditure, management of the national debt, and the overall management of the economy.
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  • Between 1994 and 1996 he was Parliamentary Private Secretary to Ministers in the Treasury and Department of National Heritage.
  • Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury under President Reagan.
  • William F. Wechsler was Special Adviser to the Secretary of the Treasury from 1999 to 2001.
2A place or building where treasure is stored.
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  • They passed treasuries, armouries, vast stores of knowledge which no-one could read and other, stranger rooms where odd lights glittered and air froze into glittering streamers which hung in the air.
  • In the museum we have a pyxis that was once a container for the Eucharist and stored in a church treasury.
  • Pat also took up bee-keeping and fly-fishing and became a volunteer at Winchester Cathedral, working in both the Triforium Gallery and the treasury.
2.1A store or collection of valuable or delightful things: the old town is a treasury of ancient monuments
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  • As its publicity rightly says, ‘Kate's Kitchen’ is a ‘veritable treasury of gourmet delights’.
  • Some new translations and commentaries of ancient writings are veritable treasuries of ancient popular beliefs.
  • It's a veritable Winnie museum, a treasury of one woman's conceit of herself as the peppery, tartan Boadicea of truth, justice and parliamentary sub-committees.
rich source, repository, storehouse, treasure house;
fund, mine, bank, treasure trove


Middle English: from Old French tresorie (see treasure).

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Syllabification: treas·ur·y

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