[kuh n-sahyn-muh nt]


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


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


    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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for consignment

Contemporary Examples of consignment

Historical Examples of consignment

  • "There goes a consignment of men's lives," said Mrs. Vansittart to her companion.

    Roden's Corner

    Henry Seton Merriman

  • He informs us that you refused to receive the consignment or to pay the charges.

    "Pigs is Pigs"

    Ellis Parker Butler

  • I was down on the levee, to see to the consignment of my freight, and run afoul of her.


    Effie Afton

  • I got a letter from Whiteley's this morning asking when my first consignment was to arrive.

  • To send a consignment of goods to an agent or factor for sale or disposal.

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth

British Dictionary definitions for consignment



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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for 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