verb (used with object)
- to ship, as by common carrier, especially for sale or custody.
- to address for such shipment.
verb (used without object)
Origin of consign
British Dictionary definitions for consignation
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin for consign
Word Origin and History for consignation
early 15c., "to ratify by a sign or seal," from Middle French consigner (15c.), from Latin consignare "to seal, register," originally "to mark with a sign," from com- "together" (see com-) + signare "to sign, mark," from signum "sign" (see sign (n.)). Commercial sense is from 1650s. Related: Consignee; consignor.