Meaning of bullion in English:


Pronunciation /ˈbʊlɪən/

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mass noun
  • 1Gold or silver in bulk before coining, or valued by weight.

    with modifier ‘gold bullion’
    • ‘He put a graph where he compared the value in weight of his degree with the corresponding value of gold bullion.’
    • ‘Employees at the gold bullion and precious metals firm Johnson Matthey began the first in a series of 24-hour strikes on September 23.’
    • ‘We will keep you fully posted on any further dictators / bullion / gold coins unearthed in palaces or small holes in the ground, and any business opportunities which may arise from such discoveries.’
    • ‘Nor did it stop President Roosevelt in the 1930s, during which he declared it illegal to own circulating gold coins, gold bullion, and gold certificates.’
    • ‘While gold coins and bullion continued to dominate the monetary system of Europe, it was not until the 18th century that paper money began to dominate.’
    • ‘The ‘paper pound’ refers to the restriction placed on the convertibility of Bank of England notes into gold bullion or coin.’
    • ‘The value of bullion tracks gold's market performance.’
    • ‘If you just want gold, buy bullion coins, particularly U.S. Eagles.’
    • ‘However, we're all still entitled to pop down and demand that they exchange our notes for the equivalent value in gold bullion, should we so wish.’
    • ‘Gold bullion coins are usually sold as one troy ounce or in fractions of an ounce.’
    • ‘It used to apply just to gold or silver coins, bullion or plate that were buried or hidden some other way.’
    • ‘The only exception to this in my judgment would be permanent acquisition of gold and silver coins or bullion by individual investors.’
    • ‘Small holdings of gold and silver coins and bullion can be held in a bank safe deposit box or in a pipe buried in the back yard.’
    • ‘For example in large portfolios, we expand precious metals to include gold and silver bullion, gold and silver stocks and small and large mutual funds.’
    • ‘It took him only three days to bring the bullion and gold coins to the surface and at the same time pay out $768,000 for the use of the special ship.’
    • ‘It required the immediate conversion of gold and silver received by the mint authority into bullion or coins.’
    • ‘At one stage, Sir William calculates that they were valued higher than silver bullion, and comprised some 1.5% of Britain's entire export trade to Chile.’
    • ‘So with 40% of CEF, the portfolio would contain about equal percentages of foreign bonds and gold and silver bullion.’
    • ‘CEF trades on the American Stock Exchange so investing in silver and gold bullion is as simple as calling your stockbroker and purchasing shares of this fund.’
    • ‘Payment on goods was often provided in silver or gold bullion, but as sales increased and more than two people became involved in any one business deal, new ways of trading were required.’
  • 2Ornamental braid or fringing made with twists of gold or silver thread.

    as modifier ‘bullion cords’
    • ‘The air is so thick with pollution that the canvas surface fairly crackles with beads and bullion.’
    • ‘We carry a vast collection of tassels, curtain tie-back tassel, beaded fringe, bullion fringe, chainette fringe, tassel fringe, chair tie tassels, jacquard ribbon, lace, beaded appliqués and many more at the best possible prices.’
    • ‘This pillow has a gorgeous raised peach tone fabric with quality leopard inlay and bullion fringe.’
    cord, cording, braiding, bullion, thread, twine, yarn, tape, binding, rickrack, ribbon


Middle English from Anglo-Norman French, in the sense ‘a mint’, variant of Old French bouillon, based on Latin bullire ‘to boil’.