bul·​lion | \ ˈbu̇l-yən How to pronounce bullion (audio) , -ˌyän\

Definition of bullion

1a : gold or silver considered as so much metal the bullion contained in a silver dollar specifically : uncoined gold or silver in bars or ingots over a million dollars in gold bullion
b : metal in the mass lead bullion
2 clothing : lace, braid, or fringe of gold or silver threads the bullion on his uniform

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Some analysts are waiting to see if bullion can sustain a rally above $1,250, a level that gold hasn’t been able to eclipse steadily since the summer. Amrith Ramkumar, WSJ, "Palladium Threatens Gold’s Reign as Most Precious Metal," 4 Dec. 2018 Gold ETFs are financial instruments that can be bought and sold on the stock exchanges, letting one invest in bullion without holding physical gold. Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, "There is no capping gold prices in India—nor stopping buyers," 27 June 2019 Another tax debate to settle: whether Ohio should offer tax breaks for people working on movies here, those who own a share of a private jet or people who buy rare coins and bullion. Jessie Balmert, Cincinnati.com, "Crunch time for Ohio lawmakers: deals needed on taxes, graduation requirements, more," 20 June 2019 Reversing the House’s elimination of sales-tax exemptions for gold bullion and other precious metals and for airplane repair and maintenance. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland.com, "Restoration of business-tax cut among changes proposed in Ohio Senate’s budget plan," 11 June 2019 The state Commerce Department issued a cease and desist order May 16 against Metals.com to stop the firm from making bullion, precious metals and other investments in Minnesota. Christopher Magan, Twin Cities, "MN warns seniors about precious metals investment scam," 10 June 2019 BNP Paribas SA predicted at end-February bullion will probably be lower by the end of the year than the start, with four Federal Reserve rate hikes expected in 2018, while IHS Markit sees gold dropping to $1,200 by the year-end. Ranjeetha Pakiam, Bloomberg.com, "Gold Is Heading to $1,400 If Trade War Breaks Out, According to Sprott," 2 Apr. 2018 Demand for physical bullion among individual investors also has been lackluster. Amrith Ramkumar, WSJ, "Gold Prices Staged a Comeback, but Is It Sustainable?," 11 Jan. 2019 The developments are causing some analysts to predict bullion will extend its decline, with few signs that a recession will derail the nine-year old bull market in stocks and push investors back to the precious metal. Amrith Ramkumar, WSJ, "Why Gold’s Tumble Signals Confidence in U.S. Economy," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of bullion

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for bullion

Middle English, from Anglo-French billion, bullion melting house, bullion, probably blend of Middle French bille ingot, piece of money (from Old French, log) and Anglo-French *bulliun, buillun cauldron, from Old French boillon froth on boiling liquid, broth — more at billet, bouillon

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English Language Learners Definition of bullion

: bars of gold or silver


bul·​lion | \ ˈbu̇l-yən How to pronounce bullion (audio) \

Kids Definition of bullion

: gold or silver metal in bars or blocks

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