[mon-uh-met-l-iz-uh m]


the use of one metal only, as gold or silver, as a monetary standard.
the doctrine or actions supporting such a standard.

Origin of monometallism

First recorded in 1875–80; mono- + (bi)metallism
Related formsmon·o·met·al·list, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for monometallism

Historical Examples of monometallism

  • In such a case there is bimetallism de jure, but monometallism de facto.

  • Finance was on the carpet in that hour, and bimetallism and monometallism, silver versus gold, were in everyone's mouth.

    The President

    Alfred Henry Lewis

  • His factitious and absurd device is therefore not bimetallism, but monometallism on a basis of gold.

    The Arena


British Dictionary definitions for monometallism



the use of one metal, esp gold or silver, as the sole standard of value and currency
the economic policies supporting a monometallic standard
Derived Formsmonometallist, noun
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