Definition of treasury noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈtreʒəri//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtreʒəri//
    (pl. treasuries) Economy
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  1. 1the Treasury [singular + singular or plural verb] (in Britain, the US and some other countries) the government department that controls public money See related entries: Economy
  2. 2[countable] a place in a castle, etc. where valuable things are stored Semi-precious stones were found in the treasury of the old monastery. This must be one of the richest cathedral treasuries in Europe.
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French tresorie, based on Greek thēsauros ‘storehouse, treasure’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: treasury