- gold and silver regarded as raw material
- gold or silver in the form of ingots, bars, or sometimes coins
Origin of bullionMiddle English (? via Dutch bulioen) from Old French billon, small coin, alloy of copper with silver from bille, a stick, bar: see billet
Origin of bullioninfluenced, influence by bullion, but probably from French bouillon from bouille, a seal on silk goods from Spanish bolla, duty on silk from Classical Latin bulla: see bull
- a. Gold or silver considered with respect to quantity rather than value.b. Gold or silver in the form of bars, ingots, or plates.
- A heavy lace trimming made of twisted gold or silver threads.
Origin of bullionMiddle English ingot of precious metal from Anglo-Norman from Old French billon ( from bille stick ; see billon . ) and from Old French bouillon bubble on the surface of boiling liquid ( from boilir to boil ; see boil 1. )
(countable and uncountable, plural bullions)
From Middle English bulloin, bullioun, from Anglo-Norman bullion, of obscure origin, perhaps from French bouillon, extending the sense to that of 'melting'. Middle Dutch boelioen (“base metal”) seems to have come from the unrelated French billon.
bullion - Investment & Finance Definition
A precious metal such as gold or silver that is in a tradable form, typically a bar or wafer.