con·​sign·​ment | \ kən-ˈsīn-mənt How to pronounce consignment (audio) \

Definition of consignment

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the act or process of consigning
2 : something consigned especially in a single shipment
on consignment
: shipped to a dealer who pays only for what is sold and who may return what is unsold goods shipped on consignment



Definition of consignment (Entry 2 of 2)

: of, relating to, or received as goods on consignment a consignment sale

Examples of consignment in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Local media had reported that Adib was Macron’s preferred choice for the post vacated when the previous government resigned in the wake of the explosion, caused by a vast consignment of ammonium nitrate stored at the Port of Beirut. Yasna Haghdoost,, "Macron’s Back in Lebanon With a Call to Sweep Away Old Era," 1 Sep. 2020 Online consignment platforms and secondhand retailers had already been seeing promising signs in the last few years. Irina Grechko,, "Resale Is Thriving In The Pandemic," 4 Aug. 2020 Next to New, a consignment shop on East Valley Parkway that offers clothing, furniture, jewelry and household items. Joe Tash, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Escondido businesses find lifeline in city’s $1 million grant program," 16 Aug. 2020 In 2018, Peretti took the fossil on consignment and bought it the following year. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "The smallest known dinosaur is actually a peculiar ancient lizard," 13 Aug. 2020 The agency announced Monday that officers confiscated 75 Gucci and Hermes belts; Louis Vuitton duffle bags, backpacks, wallets and purses; and 10 Mac brush kits from an express consignment facility. Kyle Whitfield,, "Fake Louis Vuitton bags and MAC products snatched by Customs officers in New Orleans," 10 Aug. 2020 George’s favorite scam was a consignment fraud that involved setting up bogus shopfronts and ordering large quantities of stock — everything from sugar to furniture — on credit that would never be paid. Paul Brown, Longreads, "How Four Americans Robbed the Bank of England," 10 Aug. 2020 The first aid consignment organized at the Brisbane meeting arrived in Auki on June 8. Edward Cavanough, Washington Post, "The small Pacific islands at the center of a big power play," 30 July 2020 But Johnson’s consignment did little to hold her back. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Smithsonian Curators Remember Katherine Johnson, NASA Mathematician Highlighted in ‘Hidden Figures,’ Who Died at 101," 24 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Just Between Friends consignment sale, Thursday to Sunday. Jennifer Jhon, South Florida Parenting, "What to do with the kids this weekend: Shows, fests and fundraisers," 11 Oct. 2017 Consignment sale: This community shopping event will feature clothing, toys, nursery items, baby equipment, furniture and more. Atlanta Life, ajc, "Faith calendar," 4 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of consignment


circa 1668, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1913, in the meaning defined above

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14 Sep 2020

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“Consignment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of consignment

: a quantity of goods that are sent to a person or place to be sold
: the act or process of sending goods to a person or place to be sold

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