consignment

[kuh n-sahyn-muh nt]

noun

the act of consigning.
something that is consigned.
Commerce. property sent to an agent for sale, storage, or shipment.

adjective

of, relating to, or shipped as goods on consignment: consignment selling of gift items.

Nearby words

  1. consigliere,
  2. consign,
  3. consignation,
  4. consignee,
  5. consigner,
  6. consignment store,
  7. consignor,
  8. consilience,
  9. consist,
  10. consistence

Idioms

    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 consignment

consignment

noun

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

consignment

n.

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.

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