[as-ig-nat; French a-see-nya]
- one of the notes issued as paper currency from 1789 to 1796 by the revolutionary government on the security of confiscated lands.
Origin of assignat
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Examples from the Web for assignat
In June, 1795, the quotation of the assignat oscillated violently.The Paper Moneys of Europe
Francis W. Hirst
I looked up, and there, straight before me, saw the same officer who had given me the assignat the night before.
I looked up, and, straight before me, saw the same officer who had given me the assignat the night before.Maurice Tiernay Soldier of Fortune
Charles James Lever
The paper was a French assignat, bearing the words, 'Payez au porteur la somme de deux mille livres.'
At these words he held up triumphantly the French assignat, and waved it before the eyes of the court.
- French history the paper money issued by the Constituent Assembly in 1789, backed by the confiscated land of the Church and the émigrés
C18: from French, from Latin assignātum something appointed; see assign
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