• WordNet 3.6
    • n treasury a depository (a room or building) where wealth and precious objects can be kept safely
    • n treasury the government department responsible for collecting and managing and spending public revenues
    • n Treasury the federal department that collects revenue and administers federal finances; the Treasury Department was created in 1789
    • n Treasury the British cabinet minister responsible for economic strategy
    • n treasury the funds of a government or institution or individual
    • n Treasury negotiable debt obligations of the United States government which guarantees that interest and principal payments will be paid on time
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Everyday, more money is printed for Monopoly than the U.S. Treasury
    • Treasury A place or building in which stores of wealth are deposited; especially, a place where public revenues are deposited and kept, and where money is disbursed to defray the expenses of government; hence, also, the place of deposit and disbursement of any collected funds.
    • Treasury A repository of abundance; a storehouse.
    • Treasury A treasure.
    • Treasury Hence, a book or work containing much valuable knowledge, wisdom, wit, or the like; a thesaurus; as, “ Maunder's Treasury of Botany.”
    • Treasury That department of a government which has charge of the finances.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The United States Treasury Department maintains a fund known as "The Conscience Fund," which accepts money sent in anonymously by taxpayers who think they've cheated the government. The money is used for miscellaneous expenses.
    • n treasury A house, room, or chest where treasure is laid up.
    • n treasury Figuratively, that wherein something precious is stored or secured; a repository.
    • n treasury Specifically, a place where the public revenues are deposited and kept, and where money is disbursed to defray the expenses of government; also, a place where the funds of an incorporated company or private society are deposited and disbursed.
    • n treasury A department of government which has control over the collection, management, and expenditure of the public revenue. See Department of the Treasury, under department. The duties of this department of the British government are now performed by a board of five lords commissioners instead of a lord high treasurer, as formerly. The chief of these commissioners, or first lord of the treasury, is usually prime miuister, and may be a member of either house of Parliament. The virtual head of the treasury is the chancellor of the exchequer. (See chancellor, 3 .) The duties of the three remaining members of the board, the junior lords, are merely formal, the heaviest part of the executive functions devolving on the two joint secretaries of the department (the patronage secretary and the financial secretary), who are also members of the lower house, and on a permanent secretary. The custody of the public revenue is vested in the exchequer, but the function of payment belongs to the treasury, consequently all sums withdrawn from the exchequer must be vouched for by a treasury warrant. The treasury has the appointment of all officers engaged in the collection of the public revenue; the army, navy, and civil-service supplies are issued under its authority; and all exceptional cases and disputes relating to the public revenue are referred to its decision. Several important state departments are under the general authority or regulation of the treasury.
    • n treasury The officers of the British treasury department.
    • n treasury A name given to a class of subterranean monuments consisting usually of a solid structure of masonry, of domical form, often with pseudo-vaulting in horizontal courses, either wholly underground or covered with a tumulus. Familiar examples are the structures of this type at Mycenæ and at Orchomenus, in Greece. The name is erroneous, as these structures are now recognized as tombs.
    • n treasury Treasure.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The US President's Cabinet is composed of: the Attorney General, the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Treasury, the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of Agriculture, the Secretary of Interior, the Secretary of Commerce, the Secretary of Health/Human Services, the Secretary of Housing/Urban Development, the Secretary of Labor, the Secretary of Transportation, the Secretary of Energy, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, the Secretary of Homeland Security, and the Secretary of Education.
    • Treasury a place where treasure is deposited: a department of a government which has charge of the finances: one of a class of subterranean structures, now believed to be merely sepulchral
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  • Terence
    “How unfair the fate which ordains that those who have the least should be always adding to the treasury of the wealthy.”
  • Basile
    “Memory is the cabinet of the imagination, the treasury of reason, the registry of conscience, and, the council chamber of thought.”
  • Marcus T. Cicero
    “Memory is the treasury and guardian of all things.”
  • Prince Philip Edinburgh
    Prince Philip Edinburgh
    “All money nowadays seems to be produced with a natural homing instinct for the Treasury.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. tresorie, F. trésorerie,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. trésor—L. thesaurus—Gr. thēsauros.


In literature:

Exaction followed exaction as the needs of the Papal treasury grew greater.
"History of the English People, Volume II (of 8)" by John Richard Green
There is not outside the United States Treasury another sum of unencumbered cash equal to that which I command.
"Destiny" by Charles Neville Buck
Cards to view may be had at the Treasury any day after the meeting of Parliament.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 1, Complete" by Various
He could not plunge his hand into the treasury; there were too many about, too many tongues.
"The Adventures of Kathlyn" by Harold MacGrath
If the Treasury is known, or even thought, to be weak, where will be our peace of mind?
"President Wilson's Addresses" by Woodrow Wilson
Bixiou's jests in the Treasury Department.
"Repertory Of The Comedie Humaine, Complete, A -- Z" by Anatole Cerfberr and Jules François Christophe
He's in the Treasury.
"Contrary Mary" by Temple Bailey
Would it be much to be a Lord of the Treasury, subject to the dominion of Mr. Ratler?
"Phineas Finn" by Anthony Trollope
This money was paid into the camp treasury.
"Sixteen Months in Four German Prisons" by Henry Charles Mahoney
And here is a revenue which every man who has paid it may drag out of the treasury again.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. X. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke

In poetry:

I ha' seen him drive a hundred men
Wi' a bundle o' cords swung free,
That they took the high and holy house
For their pawn and treasury.
"Ballad Of The Goodly Fere" by Ezra Pound
Who heareth naught, he heedeth naught.
Come, we are safely housed and shrined
Where subtler images are wrought
Than boast the treasuries of Mind!
"The Wild Ass" by Aleister Crowley
And he's almost such.
His treasury is every day, ere sun-set,
Poorer than empty; and how high so e'er
Flows in the morning tide, 'tis ebb by noon.
"Nathan The Wise - Act I" by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
He left no well-filled treasury,
He heaped no pile of riches high,
Nor massive plate;
He fought the Moors, and, in their fall,
City and tower and castled wall
Were his estate.
"Coplas De Manrique (From The Spanish)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
O yes! O yes!
Can any body guess
What the devil has become of the Treasury wonder?
It has Pitt's name on 't,
All brass, in the front,
And R—b—ns—n's, scrawl'd with a goose-quill under.
"The Sinking Fund Cried" by Thomas Moore
POLONIA. O, happy traveller! who here
Hast come so far in storm and shine,
Within this treasury divine
To feel and find salvation near,
Well can I guide thee on thy way,
Since 'tis for this alone amid these wilds I stray.
"The Purgatory Of St. Patrick - Act III" by Denis Florence MacCarthy

In news:

Treasury yields are up sharply in the past few weeks.
All the king's treasury men.
Megan McArdle has done consistently excellent reported pieces on the GM bailout, and her recent evaluation of its net effect on the US Treasury is no exception.
Walker warned that "foreign lenders can't dump their debt but can curb their appetite" for new US Treasury bonds.
Treasury chief George Osborne announced the surprise choice of Mark Carney to the House of Commons on Monday.
In 2011, the Fed purchased a stunning 61% of Treasury issuance.
Has Treasury magically cut debt by £35bn.
Treasury appoints board member to Chattanooga-based First Security Group.
The Department of the Treasury.
Fed up with Treasury yields.
Cash-strapped Greece to issue 4-week treasury bill next week to raise 2.1 billion euros.
Treasury bond yields at new records.
Key barometers in the Treasury market late Friday, compared with late Wednesday.
Key barometers in the Treasury market late Tuesday, compared with late Monday.

In science:

In Ref. Riess et al. have recently presented an analysis of 156 SNe including a few at z > 1.3 from the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) GOODS ACS Treasury survey.
On the determination of the deceleration parameter from Supernovae data
Over the next 2 to 3 years we are looking forward to new HST images from the CLASH Multi-Cycle Treasury Program.
The Highest Resolution Mass Map of Galaxy Cluster Substructure To Date Without Assuming Light Traces Mass: LensPerfect Analysis of Abell 1689
Government treasury bill as the risk-free interest rate.
A Fast Mean-Reverting Correction to Heston's Stochastic Volatility Model
Most of the spectroscopic redshifts have been compiled by the Team Keck Treasury Redshift Survey (TKRS, Wirth et al. 2004) and Cowie et al. (2004).
Spitzer view on the evolution of star-forming galaxies from z=0 to z~3
Their multivariate dynamics has been studied with a correlation-based clustering procedure in a set of US treasury securities where an underlying hierarchical structure has been detected .
An interest rates cluster analysis