[bahy-met-l-iz-uh m]
  1. the use of two metals, ordinarily gold and silver, at a fixed relative value, as the monetary standard.
  2. the doctrine or policies supporting such a standard.

Origin of bimetallism

First recorded in 1875–80; bi-1 + metal + -ism
Related formsbi·met·al·list, nounbi·met·al·lis·tic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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