[ bahy-met-l-iz-uh m ]
/ baɪˈmɛt lˌɪz əm /


the use of two metals, ordinarily gold and silver, at a fixed relative value, as the monetary standard.
the doctrine or policies supporting such a standard.

Origin of bimetallism

First recorded in 1875–80; bi-1 + metal + -ism

OTHER WORDS FROM bimetallism

bi·met·al·list, nounbi·met·al·lis·tic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for bimetallism

/ (baɪˈmɛtəˌlɪzəm) /


the use of two metals, esp gold and silver, in fixed relative values as the standard of value and currency
the economic policies or doctrine supporting a bimetallic standard

Derived forms of bimetallism

bimetallist, noun
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