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 For 91-day holding periods over the past 7 years, the correlation between bitcoin and bullion has been -0.06%. William Baldwin, Forbes, 27 May 2021 These are mixed with different vitamins and packaged in small bullion-sized cubes that are dropped into water to rehydrate, thus creating a healthy drink. Hudson Lindenberger, Forbes, 27 Apr. 2021 Doe rented three boxes to store jewelry, currency and bullion, but sought a court order that applied to the whole store. Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times, 8 Apr. 2021 The gold market has lost its glint, dashing the hopes of people who predicted that lavish stimulus spending by central banks and governments would send bullion prices to new heights this year. Joe Wallace, WSJ, 1 Apr. 2021 The pair then astounded the markets by taking delivery of the actual bullion and flying the load to Switzerland, clear of U.S. authorities, for safekeeping. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 15 Apr. 2021 In a court statement defending the seizure, FBI agent Kathryn E. Bailey said agents searching the boxes found fentanyl, OxyContin, guns, gold bullion and stacks of $100 bills. Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times, 8 Apr. 2021 Unitholders have the option to redeem their units for physical silver bullion, however the minimum requirements are high. Moneyshow, Forbes, 19 Mar. 2021 Analysts and traders say the trend reflects rising demand among purchasers that range from Wall Street investment funds to ordinary people buying up bullion. Dian Zhang, USA TODAY, 3 Mar. 2021

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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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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 14 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of bullion

: bars of gold or silver


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

Kids Definition of bullion

: gold or silver metal in bars or blocks

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