assignat

[as-ig-nat; French a-see-nya]
noun, plural as·sig·nats [as-ig-nats; French a-see-nya] /ˈæs ɪgˌnæts; French a siˈnya/. French History.
  1. 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

1780–90; < French < Latin assignātus assigned (past participle of assignāre). See assign, -ate1
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assignat

noun
  1. French history the paper money issued by the Constituent Assembly in 1789, backed by the confiscated land of the Church and the émigrés

Word Origin for assignat

C18: from French, from Latin assignātum something appointed; see assign
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