consignment

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noun

con·​sign·​ment kən-ˈsīn-mənt How to pronounce consignment (audio)
1
: the act or process of consigning
2
: something consigned especially in a single shipment

consignment

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adjective

: of, relating to, or received as goods on consignment
a consignment sale
Phrases
on consignment
: shipped to a dealer who pays only for what is sold and who may return what is unsold
goods shipped on consignment

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
In 2018, an 82-year-old art collector gave Beard about $900,000 worth of fine art photography to sell on consignment. Tresa Baldas, USA TODAY, 22 Oct. 2022 But the relative was not pleased with the progress Beard was making and requested to end the consignment agreement. Tresa Baldas, USA TODAY, 22 Oct. 2022 But the relative was not pleased with the progress Beard was making and requested to end the consignment agreement. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, 22 Oct. 2022 Budget Bin is one of the largest indoor community consignment sales in the area, according to the Facebook page for the event. Ed Wittenberg, cleveland, 11 Oct. 2022 Consign49 is hosting its 19th semi-annual consignment sale event which will feature amazing deals on a huge selection of over 35,000 clothing, accessories and home decor items. Anchorage Daily News, 23 Sep. 2022 The Gathering card set goes on consignment starting today at TRR. Curtis Silver, Forbes, 11 Oct. 2022 One of those machines is a CNC brake press that will arrive at the school at the end of September, and the other is a CNC lathe that was acquired on consignment through Premier Machine Tool Midwest in Hartland, according to Christain. Alec Johnson, Journal Sentinel, 19 Aug. 2022 Area startups can sell goods at the location on consignment, sharing shelf space with national brands. Steve Larese, Outside Online, 17 Aug. 2022
Adjective
There is a consignment period for 90 days for sellers in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), 180 days for sellers outside of the UAE and 365 for sellers in Italy. Danielle Directo-meston, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 Apr. 2022 The space, which previously was a consignment toy store, now hosts a colorful interior -- complete with a rainbow floor -- filled with art products for various formats. Annie Nickoloff, cleveland, 27 Apr. 2022 Firefighters responded to IconoCLAD consignment store — located at 414 E 300 S — at 7:46 a.m., according to a Salt Lake City fire official. Jordan Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune, 18 Dec. 2021 To avoid paying upfront cash for inventory likely to sit unused in warehouses, Hyman moved fast to move to a consignment model with many of her 700 plus brands. Steven Bertoni, Forbes, 4 June 2021 Some work on a consignment model while others, including Depop, operate as peer-to-peer marketplaces. Marc Bain, Quartz, 2 June 2021 But the company has had a consignment office in Dallas for a few years. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, 8 Apr. 2021 Just Between Friends consignment sale, Thursday to Sunday. Jennifer Jhon, South Florida Parenting, 11 Oct. 2017 Consignment sale: This community shopping event will feature clothing, toys, nursery items, baby equipment, furniture and more. Atlanta Life, ajc, 4 Aug. 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

circa 1668, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1913, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of consignment was circa 1668

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“Consignment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/consignment. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

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consignment

noun

con·​sign·​ment
kən-ˈsīn-mənt
1
: the act or process of consigning
2
: something consigned especially in a single shipment

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