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

Examples of bullion in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Direct investments involve buying and storing physical gold, such as bullion or coins. Q.ai - Powering A Personal Wealth Movement, Forbes, 15 July 2022 That being said, the selection in the company is strictly limited to gold and silver coins and bullion. Laxmi Corp, The Salt Lake Tribune, 18 July 2022 Finished textiles flowed from Safavid Persia and South Asia to Japan; silver bullion from Japan to China; and tea, ceramics and silk from China to Europe. Maxwell Carter, WSJ, 6 July 2022 Flavors of dark red fruit, minestrone, bullion and red cherries. Tom Mullen, Forbes, 3 July 2022 Russian oligarchs, for example, have sought to purchase gold bullion as a way to avoid the financial impact of Western sanctions, and G-7 leaders hope this will send another signal to Putin’s top allies. Ashley Parker, Washington Post, 26 June 2022 Russia’s billionaire business magnates have been buying gold bullion in an attempt to blunt the impact of the sanctions. Patricia Cohen, New York Times, 27 June 2022 Luttrell, the attorney for creditors, asked Van Gundy during the meeting what happened to an offshore account that held $20 million worth of gold bullion as of Sept. 3. Patrick Danner, San Antonio Express-News, 27 May 2022 As the symbol of Wales, the vegetable was portrayed in soft green silk, silver thread bullion and diamonds. Monique Jessen, PEOPLE.com, 1 June 2022 See More

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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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7 Aug 2022

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“Bullion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bullion. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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

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: gold or silver metal in bars or blocks

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