bullion

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noun bul·lion \ˈbu̇l-yən, -ˌyän\

Definition of bullion

  1. 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 bullionb :  metal in the mass lead bullion

  2. 2 clothing :  lace, braid, or fringe of gold or silver threads the bullion on his uniform

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


First Known Use: 14th century

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BULLION Defined for English Language Learners

bullion

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noun bul·lion \ˈbu̇l-yən, -ˌyän\

Definition of bullion for English Language Learners

  • : bars of gold or silver


BULLION Defined for Kids

bullion

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noun bul·lion \ˈbu̇l-yən\

Definition of bullion for Students

  1. :  gold or silver metal in bars or blocks


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