assignat

noun
as·​si·​gnat | \ ˌa-(ˌ)sēn-ˈyä How to pronounce assignat (audio) , ˈa-sig-ˌnat How to pronounce assignat (audio) \

Definition of assignat

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

First Known Use of assignat

1790, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for assignat

French, from Latin assignatus, past participle of assignare

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“Assignat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/assignat. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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