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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Recent Examples on the Web For them authority is not a necessary condition for civilization but a kind of accidental inheritance, a purely private possession that has fallen into their laps like a sack of bullion tossed by a fleeing bank robber. Matthew Walther, TheWeek, "Falling statues and the collapse of moral authority," 26 June 2020 Buyers tend to stay away when the bullion price in Mumbai rises above about 30,000 rupees ($422.97) for 10 grams. Washington Post, "Golden Age Is Ending in India," 27 Oct. 2019 Shares in Newcrest, one of the world’s top bullion producers, are up 14% this year. WSJ, "Markets Now: Live Coverage as It Occurs," 14 Feb. 2019 In London, bankers are chartering private jets and trying to finagle military cargo planes to get their bullion to New York exchanges. ... Joe Wallace, WSJ, "Coronavirus Sparks a Global Gold Rush," 27 Mar. 2020 Peter Schiff, a goldbug investor and CEO of Euro Pacific Capital, disagrees with any comparison of Bitcoin to his beloved bullion. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "If Bitcoin is a ‘safe haven’ why does it tank in times of trouble?," 16 Mar. 2020 Under the resolution, the Treasury Department must mint and issue Presidential dollar coins with the image of President Bush for a period of one year and bullion coins with the image of his wife during the same time period. Dallas News, "Joe Biden in North Texas, ban on refugee resettlement on hold, Texas Dem named impeachment manager," 16 Jan. 2020 All three, along with a painting credited to Marc Chagall and other works whose identities were not disclosed, were being returned to James Stunt, a bankrupt former bullion dealer and art collector who lent the works to the foundation. Iliana Magra, New York Times, "Forger Claims Credit for Paintings in Prince Charles’s Charity Headquarters," 4 Nov. 2019 Others involved stockbroking, bullion dealing, and film production. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "Rudy Giuliani’s Bagman Lev Parnas Blows Up Trump’s Ukraine Defense," 16 Jan. 2020

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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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1 Jul 2020

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“Bullion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bullion. Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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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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