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1. Treasure found hidden.
2. Law Silver or gold in the form of bullion, plate, or money that is found hidden and has no known owner.
3. A discovery of great value.

[Anglo-Norman tresor trove : Old French tresor, treasure; see treasure + Old French trove, past participle of trover, to find; see trover.]


(in Britain) n
1. (Law) law valuable articles, such as coins, bullion, etc, found hidden in the earth or elsewhere and of unknown ownership. Such articles become the property of the Crown, which compensates the finder if the treasure is declared. In 1996 treasure was defined as any item over 300 years old and containing more than 5% precious metal
2. anything similarly discovered that is of value
[C16: from Anglo-French tresor trové treasure found, from Old French tresor treasure + trover to find]


1. anything valuable that one finds.
2. money, bullion, or the like, of unknown ownership, found hidden in the earth or elsewhere: considered the property of the finder.
[1300–50; Middle English < Anglo-French tresor trové found treasure. See treasure, trover]
References in classic literature ?
What a treasure-trove to these venerable quidnuncs, could they have guessed the secret which Hepzibah and Clifford were carrying along with them
While Don Quixote examined the book, Sancho examined the valise, not leaving a corner in the whole of it or in the pad that he did not search, peer into, and explore, or seam that he did not rip, or tuft of wool that he did not pick to pieces, lest anything should escape for want of care and pains; so keen was the covetousness excited in him by the discovery of the crowns, which amounted to near a hundred; and though he found no more booty, he held the blanket flights, balsam vomits, stake benedictions, carriers' fisticuffs, missing alforjas, stolen coat, and all the hunger, thirst, and weariness he had endured in the service of his good master, cheap at the price; as he considered himself more than fully indemnified for all by the payment he received in the gift of the treasure-trove.
You are a solitary boy while all this is taking place, for two boys together cannot adventure far upon the Round Pond, and though you may talk to yourself throughout the voyage, giving orders and executing them with dispatch, you know not, when it is time to go home, where you have been or what swelled your sails; your treasure-trove is all locked away in your hold, so to speak, which will be opened, perhaps, by another little boy many years afterward.