bil·​lon ˈbi-lən How to pronounce billon (audio)
: gold or silver heavily alloyed with a less valuable metal
: an alloy of silver containing more than 50 percent of copper by weight

Examples of billon in a Sentence

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Word History


French, from Middle French, from bille log — more at billet

First Known Use

1716, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of billon was in 1716

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Cite this Entry

“Billon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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