Definition of treasury in US English:



  • 1The funds or revenue of a government, corporation, or institution.

    ‘the country's pledge not to spend more than it has in its treasury’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Even the corporate treasuries of a number of nonfinancial corporations are engaged in this activity.’
    • ‘And that, in turn, is what provides revenues to the federal treasury, which enable you then to pay for things.’
    • ‘But they have no right to dip into public treasuries to fund their religious mission.’
    • ‘The signed treaty also helped to heighten the likelihood of prompt flows of revenue into the national treasury from oil and gas exploitation.’
    • ‘Neither Bush nor Schwarzenegger said whether any progress had been or could be made in directing more federal funds to California in light of the looting of the federal treasury to fund those policies.’
    • ‘While he conceded that borrowing might be necessary in the early part of a war, before the revenue from war taxes began to flow into the treasury, he insisted that borrowing be kept to a minimum as a temporary expedient only.’
    • ‘‘I think things will get worse before they get better,’ said Enda Coll, manager of institutional treasury at Anglo Irish Bank.’
    • ‘It has pursued a deliberate policy of bankrupting the public treasury in order to finance tax breaks for the rich.’
    • ‘At the same time, the central government was engaged in privatizing moribund state firms and assets, which supplemented the treasury's revenue intake.’
    • ‘According to health department officials, this will deliver double benefits: reducing the consumption of cigarettes as well as providing more tax revenues for the treasury.’
    • ‘Each member would pay a monthly amount into the treasury of the society or periodically would be assessed; in turn he would receive benefits if he lost his job or was unable to work because of illness or disability.’
    • ‘There are unrealistic expectations both of Martin himself - which have been fed by his strategy of trying to be all things to all people - and of the capacity of the federal treasury to fund new programs.’
    • ‘Since the district banks are owned not by the federal government but by the commercial banks, reductions in the discount rate do not affect the public treasury.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Chile, in contrast, is said to have built up a surplus in its public treasury before undertaking its pension reform.’
    • ‘At the same time, a profit-sharing mechanism would be formulated to retain some of their profits to the public treasury.’
    • ‘Also, as in Argentina, privatization had the advantage of bringing funds into the national treasury.’
    • ‘For the economy, this means among other things, negative effects on earnings, employment and revenue accruals to the treasury.’
    • ‘The money they control comes out of their own pockets, not from the rich coffers of a corporate treasury or from hapless public investors.’
    exchequer, purse
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    1. 1.1 (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.
      • ‘That is why John Whitehead at Treasury has had to break into print in Issues for Economic Growth: the Next 12 Months and Beyond.’
      • ‘Nevertheless, he is seen by some on Wall Street as a better fit at Treasury.’
      • ‘Among them are the Department of State, the Department of Energy, The Treasury, The National Security Agency, The Secret Service, and the Department of Defense.’
      • ‘The United States will also send counter-terrorism officials from the Treasury and State Departments.’
      • ‘Perhaps Treasury could be renamed the Department of Unemployment Expansion.’
      • ‘Between 1994 and 1996 he was Parliamentary Private Secretary to Ministers in the Treasury and Department of National Heritage.’
      • ‘Consider the testimony of William Simon, who was Secretary of the Treasury under Nixon.’
      • ‘He was later appointed by President Clinton as the Secretary of the US Treasury.’
      • ‘In 2000, he became Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury.’
      • ‘He is the only practitioner on the DTI / Treasury's working party on the review of insolvency and company rescue mechanisms’
      • ‘Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury under President Reagan.’
      • ‘I do not believe he would have done that to the Inland Revenue Department, to the Ministry of Social Development, or to Treasury; he would have got his facts right.’
      • ‘Ask me who was the Secretary of the Treasury in 1963.’
      • ‘President Bill Clinton appointed Bentsen as Secretary of the Treasury in 1992.’
      • ‘Accompanying Taylor is Paul Speltz, who was appointed last month as the Treasury's envoy to China.’
      • ‘These figures are not from the BNP, but the Treasury.’
      • ‘Ruth Kelly, MP for Bolton West, moves up within the Treasury from Economic Secretary to Financial Secretary.’
      • ‘As for the costings themselves, it's pretty much what you'd expect: Treasury is staffed by economists, and so they naturally assume things that have been disproven by the empirical evidence.’
      • ‘William F. Wechsler was Special Adviser to the Secretary of the Treasury from 1999 to 2001.’
      • ‘We now have representatives of the Secret Service, the FBI, the Treasury, the Justice Department, and the Drug Enforcement Agency.’
  • 2A place or building where treasure is stored.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the museum we have a pyxis that was once a container for the Eucharist and stored in a church treasury.’
    • ‘Any excess money is stored in gold or silver in the country's treasury and saved for times of war.’
    • ‘I want to marry someone that I love, who loves me back, not someone who fills up your blasted treasury!’
    • ‘In 1204, the Fourth Crusade sacked Constantinople and huge amounts of artistic treasures were taken to the West in the form of plunder, to fill cathedral treasuries and decorate cities across western Europe.’
    • ‘The latter in 1800 erected a group of buildings known as The Residency which included administration offices, a treasury, an armoury, living quarters, a church and a banqueting hall.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘David's treasury was filled with booty from his conquests; Solomon's with tribute payments and the profits from burgeoning international trade.’
    • ‘When the jewel filled treasuries became goals for northern invaders, the temples added fort-like walls, most notably around the hugely wealthy Ranganatha Temple at Sringangam.’
    • ‘The cross, just under four feet long, will go on display in the coming months in the treasury of the National Museum in Kildare House, along with the nation's other priceless treasures.’
    • ‘Following World War I, the family deposited the major part of its treasury in the Museum of Applied Arts in Budapest.’
    • ‘The structure consisted of The Abbey Church, dormitories, cloister, chapter house, treasury, parlours, kitchen, refectory, workshops and stores.’
    1. 2.1 A store or collection of valuable or delightful things.
      ‘the old town is a treasury of ancient monuments’
      • ‘As its publicity rightly says, ‘Kate's Kitchen’ is a ‘veritable treasury of gourmet delights’.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘All souls were created at the beginning of time, and are stored in a celestial treasury until the time of birth.’
      • ‘Some new translations and commentaries of ancient writings are veritable treasuries of ancient popular beliefs.’
      • ‘He found his inspiration in the Jewellery Gallery of the Hermitage in St Petersburg, the greatest treasury of western art in Russia.’
      • ‘The treasury has been converted into a bright little museum of censers, illuminated manuscripts and paintings.’
      • ‘Next door to it is a museum, reportedly a treasury of art and sculpture.’
      • ‘Great law libraries are the treasuries of a legal system.’
      rich source, repository, storehouse, store, treasure house, treasure trove
      anthology, collection, miscellany, compilation, compendium
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Middle English: from Old French tresorie (see treasure).