bul·​lion ˈbu̇l-yən How to pronounce bullion (audio)
: 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
: metal in the mass
lead bullion
clothing : lace, braid, or fringe of gold or silver threads
the bullion on his uniform

Examples of bullion in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The overcoat was also embroidered with a single white bullion rose in another nod to the fable. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 7 May 2024 For sure, sky-high prices are likely to temper some enthusiasm for bullion, but the market’s proving to be unusually resilient. Bloomberg, Fortune, 21 Apr. 2024 Investors should beware, however, Harvey said, noting that bullion typically generates modest returns over the period following an all-time high. Max Zahn, ABC News, 12 Apr. 2024 With the gold bullion selling out faster than the store could replenish its stock, the discount giant in January added silver coins to its offerings of precious metals. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, 10 Apr. 2024 Heavy bullion fringe ringing the skirt of an upholstered chair, or velvet drapes, are both classic looks. Charlotte Observer, 1 Feb. 2024 Charlotte sparkled in a floral Jess Collett x Alexander McQueen Headpiece of silver bullion and crystal that fashionably matched Princess Kate's, and completed the look with Mary Janes. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 6 May 2023 The indictment charges that Mr. Menendez, 69, who as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held sway over military sales, financing and other aid, secretly took hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes, including gold bullion, in return for helping the government of Egypt. Benjamin Weiser, New York Times, 28 Sep. 2023 The coins or bullions placed in segregated storage are also the exact ones removed from the depository. The Salt Lake Tribune, 23 Feb. 2023

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Word History


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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of bullion was in the 14th century

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“Bullion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bullion. Accessed 20 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


bul·​lion ˈbu̇l-yən How to pronounce bullion (audio)
: gold or silver especially in bars or blocks

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