from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An alloy of gold or silver with a greater proportion of another metal, such as copper, used in making coins.
  • n. An alloy of silver with a high percentage of copper, used in making medals and tokens.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several alloys of precious metals and base metals that is used (where legal) to make coins, medals etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An alloy of gold and silver with a large proportion of copper or other base metal, used in coinage.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Gold or silver alloyed with copper in large proportions, so as to make a base metal.
  • n. Coin struck from an alloy over half copper.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

French, from Old French, ingot, from bille, log; see billet2.


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  • A low-grade alloy of silver and other metals (usually copper), used in minor coinage.

    April 21, 2008