[boo l-yuh n]


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.

Nearby words

  1. bullhead rail,
  2. bullheaded,
  3. bullheadedly,
  4. bullhorn,
  5. bullied,
  6. bullionist,
  7. bullish,
  8. bullishly,
  9. bullitt,
  10. bullitt, william christian

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 formsbul·lion·less, adjective

Can be confusedbouillon bullion

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British Dictionary definitions for bullion



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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Word Origin and History for bullion



early 15c., "uncoined gold or silver," from Anglo-French bullion "bar of precious metal," also "place where coins are made, mint," perhaps, through the notion of "melting," from Old French boillir "to boil," from Latin bullire "boil" (see boil (v.)). But perhaps it is rather from Old French bille "stick, block of wood" (see billiards).

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