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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 bimetallist

Historical Examples of bimetallist

  • As he was and is still a bimetallist, I found him a congenial man to have at my right.

    The Old World and Its Ways

    William Jennings Bryan

  • Thus Midas fell into a fallacy about the currency; and soon had reason to become something more than a Bimetallist.

    Eugenics and Other Evils

    G. K. Chesterton

  • Recently, therefore, those who combat the bimetallist reasoning have taken a different position.

    Readings in Money and Banking

    Chester Arthur Phillips

  • It is rumoured that the Goose that laid the Golden Eggs has become a bimetallist.

British Dictionary definitions for bimetallist


  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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