Definition of


  1. (noun, artifact) a depository (a room or building) where wealth and precious objects can be kept safely
  2. (noun, group) the government department responsible for collecting and managing and spending public revenues
  3. (noun, group) the federal department that collects revenue and administers federal finances; the Treasury Department was created in 1789
  4. (noun, person) the British cabinet minister responsible for economic strategy
  5. (noun, possession) the funds of a government or institution or individual
  6. (noun, possession) negotiable debt obligations of the United States government which guarantees that interest and principal payments will be paid on time

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Treasury

  1. late 13c., "room for treasure," from O.Fr. tresorie (11c.), from tresor (see treasure). Meaning "department of state that controls public revenue" is recorded from late 14c. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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