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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.
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  1. of, relating to, or shipped as goods on consignment: consignment selling of gift items.
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  1. on consignment, (of goods) sent to an agent for sale, with title being held by the consignor until a sale is made.
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Origin of consignment

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

distribution, delivery, goods, batch, shipment, assignment, dispatch, transmittal, relegation, committal

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


  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 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.

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