bullion

noun
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

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BNP Paribas SA predicted at end-February bullion will probably be lower by the end of the year than the start, with four Federal Reserve rate hikes expected in 2018, while IHS Markit sees gold dropping to $1,200 by the year-end. Ranjeetha Pakiam, Bloomberg.com, "Gold Is Heading to $1,400 If Trade War Breaks Out, According to Sprott," 2 Apr. 2018 Demand for physical bullion among individual investors also has been lackluster. Amrith Ramkumar, WSJ, "Gold Prices Staged a Comeback, but Is It Sustainable?," 11 Jan. 2019 The developments are causing some analysts to predict bullion will extend its decline, with few signs that a recession will derail the nine-year old bull market in stocks and push investors back to the precious metal. Amrith Ramkumar, WSJ, "Why Gold’s Tumble Signals Confidence in U.S. Economy," 22 June 2018 To be sure, there are some concerns in the international financial community about security and transparency in online bullion dealing. Biman Mukherji, WSJ, "Precious-Metals Buyers Go Online," 20 Sep. 2018 Maduro’s processor Chavez was also a gold bug, once famously repatriating from vaults in Europe the nation’s bullion reserves. Jorge Rueda, The Seattle Times, "Maduro buys gold to boost savings amid five-digit inflation," 3 Sep. 2018 The swimsuits are inspired by the detailing typically found on ’80s evening wear and include embroideries featuring materials like crystals and gold bullion. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "This New Swimwear is Inspired by Donatella Versace and Sharon Stone in Casino," 30 July 2018 ETFs that track gold prices have taken market share away from physical bullion. Stephanie Yang, WSJ, "Bitcoin Pushes Ancient Gold Market to Try Digital," 15 June 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, New York Times, "Stephen Reid, Gentleman Bank Robber Turned Writer, Dies at 68," 15 June 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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bullion

noun

English Language Learners Definition of bullion

: bars of gold or silver

bullion

noun
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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