bul·​lion | \ˈbu̇l-yən, -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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To be sure, there are some concerns in the international financial community about security and transparency in online bullion dealing. Biman Mukherji, WSJ, "Precious-Metals Buyers Go Online," 20 Sep. 2018 Maduro’s processor Chavez was also a gold bug, once famously repatriating from vaults in Europe the nation’s bullion reserves. Jorge Rueda, The Seattle Times, "Maduro buys gold to boost savings amid five-digit inflation," 3 Sep. 2018 The swimsuits are inspired by the detailing typically found on ’80s evening wear and include embroideries featuring materials like crystals and gold bullion. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "This New Swimwear is Inspired by Donatella Versace and Sharon Stone in Casino," 30 July 2018 ETFs that track gold prices have taken market share away from physical bullion. Stephanie Yang, WSJ, "Bitcoin Pushes Ancient Gold Market to Try Digital," 15 June 2018 The gang got off to a dramatic start in April 1974, when the men stole gold bullion from a storage area at the Ottawa airport. Ian Austen, New York Times, "Stephen Reid, Gentleman Bank Robber Turned Writer, Dies at 68," 15 June 2018 The United States depends on Latin American gold to feed insatiable demand from its jewelry, bullion and electronics industries. miamiherald, "Clean," 16 Jan. 2018 On the bodice, the creature’s head and horn are formed with twisted tulle and gold bullion. Laura Jacobs, WSJ, "‘Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination’ Review: A Gift From the Sartorial Gods," 10 May 2018 Others are projecting that April’s money flows into gold ETFs will continue as demand for bullion in emerging markets such as China recover from a weak start in 2018. Amrith Ramkumar, WSJ, "Gold at a New Low for the Year, but ETF Investors Still Love It," 15 May 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 \

Kids Definition of bullion

: gold or silver metal in bars or blocks

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