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 bullionb : 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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As an enforcer, you might be given the task of guarding a truck full of gold bullion on its way to the bank.
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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
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
BULLION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of bullion for English Language Learners
: bars of gold or silver
BULLION Defined for Kids
Definition of bullion for Students
: gold or silver metal in bars or blocks
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