Definition of treasure trove noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


    treasure trove

    BrE BrE//ˈtreʒə trəʊv//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtreʒər troʊv//
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  1. 1[uncountable, countable, usually singular] valuable things that are found hidden and whose owner is unknown Culture According to British common law, such objects belong to the king or queen and have to be offered first to the British Museum. The person finding them is given money equal to the full value of the objects if they were sold at their modern value. The common law term ‘treasure trove’ was replaced by ‘treasure’ in the Treasure Act which was passed in 1996.
  2. 2[countable, usually singular] a place, book, etc. containing many useful or beautiful things
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French tresor trové, literally ‘found treasure’.
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