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See also: Treasury
From Middle English tresorie, from Old French tresorie, from tresor (“treasure”), from Latin thēsaurus (“treasure”), from Ancient Greek θησαυρός (thēsaurós, “treasure house”). Displaced native Old English māþmhūs.
treasury (plural treasuries)
- A place where treasure is stored safely.
- A place where state or royal money and valuables are stored.
- (government) Ellipsis of .
- A collection of artistic or literary works.
- (obsolete) A treasure.
- 1599, W. Kinsayder or Theriomastix [pseudonyms; John Marston], “Totum in Toto”, in The Scourge of Villanie. […], London: […] I[ames] R[oberts], →OCLC; republished as G[eorge] B[agshawe] Harrison, editor, The Scourge of Villanie (The Bodley Head Quartos; 13), London: John Lane, The Bodley Head […]; New York, N.Y.: E[dward] P[ayson] Dutton & Company, 1925, →OCLC, page 56:
- Now since he hath the grace, thus gracelesse be / His neighbors sweare he'le swell with treasurie.
place where treasure is stored safely
place where state or royal money and valuables are stored
government department — see treasury department
collection of artistic or literary works
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