Definition of Treasure trove

1. Noun. Treasure of unknown ownership found hidden (usually in the earth).

Exact synonyms: Trove
Generic synonyms: Hoarded Wealth, Treasure

2. Noun. Any collection of valuables that is discovered. "Mother's attic was a treasure trove when we were looking for antiques"

Definition of Treasure trove

1. Noun. A hidden treasure, subsequently discovered. ¹

2. Noun. A valuable discovery. ¹

3. Noun. (legal) Precious metal objects that were buried or concealed by an unknown owner. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Treasure Trove

treasure chest
treasure chests
treasure flower
treasure flowers
treasure house
treasure houses
treasure hunt
treasure hunts
treasure map
treasure maps
treasure ship
treasure trails
treasure trove (current term)
treasure troves
treasurer's check
treasurer's cheque

Literary usage of Treasure trove

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Commentaries on the Laws of England by William Blackstone, William Carey Jones (1915)
"Treasure-troVe.—To the same original may in part be referred the revenue of treasure-trove (derived from the French word, trover, to find), called in Latin ..."

2. The Gentleman's Magazine (1852)
"6 Coke in his Third Institute says, " treasure trove is when a man finds coin ... But it is said not to he treasure trove if it lie other metal than gold or ..."

3. Commentaries on the Laws of England by Herbert Broom, Edward Alfred Hadley, William Wait, William Blackstone (1875)
"A peculiar species of misprision may here be noticed, namely, the concealing of treasure-trove, which belongs to the sovereign or iv. ..."

4. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and (1911)
"As the feudal system spread over Europe and the prince was looked on as the ultimate owner of all lands, his right to the treasure trove became, ..."

5. A Treatise on the Law of Personal Property by James Schouler (1896)
"Treasure-Trove and its Ownership. — All such derelict as we have described are of chattels inanimate found on the earth's surface. ..."

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