noun (plural treasuries)
- 1The funds or revenue of a state, institution, or society: the landowners' estates and assets were seized for the imperial treasuryMore example sentences
- 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.
- 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: he is chief secretary to the TreasuryMore example sentences
- 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: Henry VII had kept the peace and filled his treasuryMore example sentences
- 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 monumentsMore example sentences
- 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.
Middle English: from Old French tresorie (see treasure).