bi·​met·​al·​lism (ˌ)bī-ˈme-tə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce bimetallism (audio)
: the use of two metals (such as gold and silver) jointly as a monetary standard with both constituting legal tender at a predetermined ratio
bimetallist noun
bimetallistic adjective

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Recent Examples on the Web Milton Friedman also wrote an article in 1990 on the issue of bimetallism, revisiting the U.S. Jon Hartley, National Review, 16 Nov. 2020

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Word History


French bimétallisme, from bi- + métal metal

First Known Use

1875, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bimetallism was in 1875

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“Bimetallism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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