- 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
Examples from the Web for bullion
The blank right-hand panel could be mirror as well as bullion.Warhol's $105 Million 'Crash' Is A Portrait of Consumption
November 14, 2013
Nor do they expect other people to believe this, sparking a hysteria that could make the fortunes of those with bullion.Keeping Your Faith (In Gold)
April 25, 2013
To hide the bullion until they could dispose of it they threw it in the lake.The Boy Scout Treasure Hunters
Charles Henry Lerrigo
Many a galleon has been looted of ingots and bullion by the 146 old seadogs there.The Pirate of Panama
William MacLeod Raine
But it was essential that they should use it soon, as it might be discovered, or the bullion might be removed.The Lock And Key Library
I'll bring some bullion tomorrow morning and exchange it for your currency.The Galaxy Primes
Edward Elmer Smith
The imports and exports of bullion (uncoined gold) are the real test of exchange.Up To Date Business
- 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 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).