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Definitions for bullion
ˈbʊl yənbul·lion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bullionnoun

    a mass of precious metal

  2. bullionnoun

    gold or silver in bars or ingots


  1. bullionnoun

    A bulk quantity of precious metal, usually gold or silver, assessed by weight and typically cast as ingots.

  2. Etymology: From bulloin, bullioun, from xno, of obscure origin, perhaps from bouillon, extending the sense to that of 'melting'. seems to have come from the unrelated.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Bullionnoun

    Gold or silver in the lump; unwrought; uncoined.

    Etymology: billon, Fr.

    The balance of trade must of necessity be returned in coin or bullion. Francis Bacon, Advice to Villiers.

    A second multitude,
    With wond’rous art, found out the massy ore,
    Severing each kind, and scumm’d the bullion dross. John Milton, Paradise Lost.

    Bullion is silver, whose workmanship has no value. And thus foreign coin hath no value here for its stamp, and our coin is bullion in foreign dominions. John Locke.

    In every vessel there is stowage for immense treasures, when the cargo is pure bullion. Joseph Addison, on the State of the War.


  1. Bullion

    Bullion is non-ferrous metal that has been refined to a high standard of elemental purity. The term is ordinarily applied to bulk metal used in the production of coins and especially to precious metals such as gold and silver. It comes from the Anglo-Norman term for a melting-house where metal was refined, and earlier from French bouillon, "boiling". Although precious metal bullion is no longer used to make coins for general circulation, it continues to be held as an investment with a reputation for stability in periods of economic uncertainty. To assess the purity of gold bullion, the centuries-old technique of fire assay is still employed, together with modern spectroscopic instrumentation, to accurately determine its quality.


  1. bullion

    Bullion is a term used to describe gold, silver, or other precious metals in bulk form, typically cast into bars, ingots or coins. The value of bullion is determined by the value of its precious metals content, which is defined by its purity and mass. It is used for trading on commodities markets or as a form of investment or store of value.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bullionnoun

    uncoined gold or silver in the mass

  2. Bullionnoun

    base or uncurrent coin

  3. Bullionnoun

    showy metallic ornament, as of gold, silver, or copper, on bridles, saddles, etc

  4. Bullionnoun

    heavy twisted fringe, made of fine gold or silver wire and used for epaulets; also, any heavy twisted fringe whose cords are prominent

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bullion

    bool′yun, n. gold and silver in the mass and uncoined, though occasionally used as practically synonymous with the precious metals, coined and uncoined: a heavy twisted cord fringe, often covered with gold or silver wire.—n. Bull′ionist, one in favour of an exclusive metallic currency. [Ety. dub.; but apparently related to Low L. bullio, a boiling, melting.]

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    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Bullion is ranked #20037 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Bullion surname appeared 1,335 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Bullion.

    91.6% or 1,224 total occurrences were White.
    3% or 41 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.4% or 32 total occurrences were Black.
    1.2% or 17 total occurrences were Asian.
    1% or 14 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.5% or 7 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bullion in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bullion in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of bullion in a Sentence

  1. Harriet Hunnable:

    As demand for gold grows rapidly in China and the Far East markets, and physical bullion moves eastward, the world increasingly looks at market conditions and price signals in the biggest bullion trading hub in the region, Hong Kong.

  2. Everett Millman:

    There was going to be a backlog in the silver bullion supply chain that rendered Silver Eagles more scarce either way.

  3. Julian Klymochko:

    In order for units to trade in-line with the underlying bullion, the unitholders require a physical redemption option at net asset value.

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