[ boo l-yuh n ]
/ ˈbʊl yən /


gold or silver considered in mass rather than in value.
gold or silver in the form of bars or ingots.
Also called bullion fringe. a thick trimming of cord covered with gold or silver thread, for decorating uniforms.
embroidery or lace worked with gold wire or gold or silver cords.

Origin of bullion

1300–50; Middle English: melted mass of gold or silver < Anglo-Latin bulliōn- (stem of bulliō) in same sense (< Anglo-French bullion mint), literally, a boiling, equivalent to bull(īre) to bubble, boil1 + -iōn- -ion

Related forms

bul·lion·less, adjective

Can be confused

bouillon bullion
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British Dictionary definitions for bullion


/ (ˈbʊljən) /


gold or silver in mass
gold or silver in the form of bars and ingots, suitable for further processing
Also called: bullion fringe a thick gold or silver wire or fringed cord used as a trimming, as on military uniforms

Word Origin for bullion

C14 (in the sense: melted gold or silver): from Anglo-French: mint, probably from Old French bouillir to boil, from Latin bullīre
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