Definition of treasure trove in English:

treasure trove


mass nounEnglish Law
  • 1(abolished in 1996) valuables of unknown ownership that are found hidden and declared the property of the Crown.

    ‘there's a chance that the coins could be treasure trove’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If it is, it may be declared treasure trove and become the property of the Crown - but at least you'd be compensated.’
    • ‘They are under no obligation to hand it to authorities because it contains no precious metals and is not considered treasure trove.’
    • ‘A medieval gold ring found in a Wiltshire field was declared treasure trove at an inquest in Chippenham yesterday.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1count noun A collection or store of valuable or delightful things.
      ‘your book is a treasure trove of delights’
      • ‘I just found a treasure trove of books about this stuff that look really good.’
      • ‘Agreement has at least been reached between Cuba and Washington for American experts to help to preserve a treasure trove of papers and photographs which have been stored in the damp basement of the white-walled villa.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This book is a treasure trove of chocolate chip and oatmeal cookie recipes.’
      • ‘This book is a treasure trove of information, and it is strongly recommended that it should be read - and read again - by all interested in the Canadian Arctic in general and in its Native people.’
      • ‘If diving for wrecks turns you on, Bermuda is a veritable treasure trove of maritime disaster, with a wreck collection including 16th century Spanish galleons, warships and a luxury transatlantic liner.’
      • ‘Designed as a reference work, this book is a treasure trove for all those interested in the Bible.’
      • ‘This book is intended as a treasure trove of useless information.’
      • ‘This will be a treasure trove of resources for stalkers.’
      • ‘The present book breaks new ground, unearthing a treasure trove of visual delights as well as a profusion of new information.’
      • ‘The pub itself is a delightful treasure trove of eccentric bric-a-brac and antiques, which makes it an even more desirable destination.’
      • ‘Americans, by and large, view nature as a treasure trove of useful resources waiting to be harnessed for productive ends.’
      • ‘Recently, the Conan Doyle collection was on auction - a treasure trove of material from the creator of Sherlock Holmes.’
      • ‘The book is a treasure trove of information about how some of the hottest public debates affected the day-to-day work of a government agency.’
      • ‘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 book is a treasure trove of primary research on a wide spectrum of countries over a period covering two centuries.’
      • ‘Add some 3,900 rare books and 580 manuscript collections and you have a veritable treasure trove of data and documents, a researcher's dream.’
      • ‘This despite the fact that it is a treasure trove of intellectual property, rich with details on new products, impending deals, executive transitions, and other critical business information.’
      • ‘But at one York pub, the lost property collection is a treasure trove of unusual items, including accessories for a false hand.’
      • ‘The result of her research is a 44-page book and a linguistic treasure trove.’
      cache, stockpile, stock, store, collection, supply, reserve, reservoir, fund, accumulation, heap, pile, mass, aggregation, conglomeration, treasure house
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Late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French tresor trové, literally ‘found treasure’.


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