bul·lion | \ˈbu̇l-yən, -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

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On the bodice, the creature’s head and horn are formed with twisted tulle and gold bullion. Laura Jacobs, WSJ, "‘Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination’ Review: A Gift From the Sartorial Gods," 10 May 2018 Others are projecting that April’s money flows into gold ETFs will continue as demand for bullion in emerging markets such as China recover from a weak start in 2018. Amrith Ramkumar, WSJ, "Gold at a New Low for the Year, but ETF Investors Still Love It," 15 May 2018 The gang got off to a dramatic start in April 1974, when the men stole gold bullion from a storage area at the Ottawa airport. Ian Austen, BostonGlobe.com, "Stephen Reid, gentleman bank robber turned writer, dies at 68," 20 June 2018 The endowment for Texas’ state universities held about $491 million in physical gold bullion as of Aug. 31, reportedly at HSBC bank in New York. Michael Taylor, San Antonio Express-News, "UT can move its gold home thanks to Texas Bullion Depository, but should you?," 8 Jan. 2018 One-kilogram gold bullion bars at the Valcambi SA precious metal refinery in Lugano, Switzerland. David Hodari, WSJ, "Gold Stays Flat on Easing Trade Tensions, Slightly Weaker Dollar," 21 May 2018 Annual Bellaire Coin & Collectible Show Event showcases products like coins, currency, stamps, postcards, gold, silver, platinum bullion and other collectibles. Ana Khan, Houston Chronicle, "Put these upcoming Houston-area events and festivals on the calendar," 10 May 2018 The loot consisted of loose diamonds and sapphires in large quantities, bundles of cash, and gold and platinum bullion. Eric Konigsberg, Town & Country, "Old School Jewelry Heists Are on the Rise—And Celebrities Are the Target," 12 Apr. 2018 That’s after bullion rose 14% last year, double silver’s 7% advance. Amrith Ramkumar, WSJ, "Sliding Silver Sends Scary Signal," 25 Mar. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of bullion

: bars of gold or silver


bul·lion | \ˈbu̇l-yən \

Kids Definition of bullion

: gold or silver metal in bars or blocks

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