bullion

noun bul·lion \ ˈbu̇l-yən , -ˌyän \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of bullion

1 a :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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Origin and Etymology of 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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BULLION Defined for English Language Learners

bullion

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Definition of bullion for English Language Learners

  • : bars of gold or silver


BULLION Defined for Kids

bullion

noun bul·lion \ ˈbu̇l-yən \

Definition of bullion for Students

:gold or silver metal in bars or blocks

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