bullion

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈbʊlɪən/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈbʊljən/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(bŏŏlyən)


WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
bul•lion /ˈbʊlyən/USA pronunciation   n. [uncountable]
  1. Metallurgygold or silver in the form of bars or ingots.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
bul•lion  (bŏŏlyən),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. gold or silver considered in mass rather than in value.
  2. Metallurgygold or silver in the form of bars or ingots.
  3. ClothingAlso called  bullion fringe′. a thick trimming of cord covered with gold or silver thread, for decorating uniforms.
  4. Clothingembroidery or lace worked with gold wire or gold or silver cords.
bullion•less, adj. 
  • Anglo-French bullion mint), literally, a boiling, equivalent. to bull(īre) to bubble, boil1 + -iōn- -ion
  • Anglo-Latin bulliōn- (stem of bulliō) in same sense (
  • Middle English: melted mass of gold or silver 1300–50

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
bullion /ˈbʊljən/ n
  1. gold or silver in mass
  2. gold or silver in the form of bars and ingots, suitable for further processing
Etymology: 14th Century (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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