con·​sign·​ee ˌkän(t)-sə-ˈnē How to pronounce consignee (audio)
: one to whom something is consigned or shipped

Examples of consignee in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Unlike a traditional consignment boutique, which operated on a smaller scale often with regular consignees known to the owner, these are world-spanning businesses with aggressive ambitions to scale. Mark Ellwood, Robb Report, 21 Feb. 2024 Sensors and Internet of Things (IoT) devices allow shippers, carriers and consignees to monitor the temperature of a product throughout its transport and storage life cycle. Nicole Glenn, Forbes, 20 Feb. 2024 Patriots attacked consignees’ homes, published death threats against them and held public meetings to discuss how to respond to the tea ships’ arrival. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 Dec. 2023 Boston was later to respond, and efforts to intimidate the consignees of the tea were unsuccessful. The Editors, National Review, 16 Dec. 2023 The Vancouver Bullion & Currency Exchange, which was the consignee for the cash, did not respond to a request for comment. Geoffrey Morgan, Fortune, 11 Oct. 2023 The consignee of the cans in Germany was told of the plan to destroy the shipment on April 17 and did not contest the decision, the trade group said. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, 21 Apr. 2023 Listed as a consignee for the gloves: Milwaukee Electric Tool Co. Those records end in 2020, but whether the shipments ended is unclear. Zhen Wang, Journal Sentinel, 6 May 2023 On December 10th, the taxidermist told Susan that, once the hunting trophies arrived in Johannesburg, an agent would generate a new air waybill to attach to the shipment and enter the taxidermist’s name on it as the consignee, instead of the LaPierres’. Mike Spies, The New Yorker, 29 July 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1773, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of consignee was in 1773

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“Consignee.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

Legal Definition


: a person to whom goods are consigned

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