bimetallism

noun
bi·​met·​al·​lism | \ (ˌ)bī-ˈme-tə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce bimetallism (audio) \

Definition of bimetallism

: the use of two metals (such as gold and silver) jointly as a monetary standard with both constituting legal tender at a predetermined ratio

Other Words from bimetallism

bimetallist \ (ˌ)bī-​ˈme-​tə-​list How to pronounce bimetallist (audio) \ noun
bimetallistic \ ˌbī-​ˌme-​tə-​ˈli-​stik How to pronounce bimetallistic (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of bimetallism

1875, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bimetallism

French bimétallisme, from bi- + métal metal

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“Bimetallism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bimetallism. Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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