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[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.
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Origin of bimetallism

First recorded in 1875–80; bi-1 + metal + -ism
Related formsbi·met·al·list, nounbi·met·al·lis·tic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for bimetallism

Historical Examples of bimetallism

  • Bimetallism may be legally authorized, but not actually working.

    The Principles of Economics

    Frank A. Fetter

  • The question of bimetallism doesn't trouble God and His Angels.

    The Drunkard

    Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull

  • Has for some time had by him paper on Bimetallism, which he desired to read to House.

  • As a matter of fact, a sound system of bimetallism is simply bimetallism.

    The Arena


  • No articles on bimetallism, as Quarmby said—wasn't it Quarmby?'

    New Grub Street

    George Gissing

British Dictionary definitions for bimetallism


  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
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Derived Formsbimetallist, noun
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