: a bill issued as currency by the French Revolutionary government (1789–96) on the security of expropriated lands

Word History


French, from Latin assignatus, past participle of assignare

First Known Use

1790, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of assignat was in 1790

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“Assignat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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