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[kuh n-sahyn-muh nt]
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  1. the act of consigning.
  2. something that is consigned.
  3. Commerce. property sent to an agent for sale, storage, or shipment.
  1. of, relating to, or shipped as goods on consignment: consignment selling of gift items.
  1. on consignment, (of goods) sent to an agent for sale, with title being held by the consignor until a sale is made.

Origin of consignment

First recorded in 1555–65; consign + -ment
Related formsnon·con·sign·ment, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for non-consignment


  1. the act of consigning; commitment
  2. a shipment of goods consigned
  3. on consignment for payment by the consignee after salehe made the last shipment on consignment
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Word Origin and History for non-consignment



1560s, "sealing with a sign," from consign + -ment. Meaning "delivering over" is from 1660s; especially of goods, for the sake of sale or auction, from c.1700. Meaning "quantity of goods so assigned" is recorded from 1720s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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