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 Offer to help him organize the house and coordinate pickups from consignment shops and thrift stores. cleveland, 10 July 2021 Offer to help him organize the house and coordinate pickups from consignment shops and thrift stores. Annie Lane, oregonlive, 10 July 2021 The pursuit required sifting through racks and, for committed thrifters, visiting multiple consignment shops. Alison S. Cohn, Harper's BAZAAR, 6 July 2021 Online resellers such as Poshmark and Thredup reportedly thrived throughout the pandemic as folks cleaned out their closest and thrifters — folks who shop at second-hand stores and consignment shops — reached for their smartphones to shop. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, 24 May 2021 Style Alert Like The RealReal, Style Alert by Material World is a designer consignment site. Samantha Olson, Seventeen, 29 Apr. 2021 Launching today, ReCollection marks the consignment site’s official push into upcycling, with a capsule of 50 items by Balenciaga, Stella McCartney, Dries Van Noten, A-Cold-Wall, Jacquemus, Simone Rocha, Zero + Maria Cornejo, and Ulla Johnson. Emily Farra, Vogue, 1 Apr. 2021 In May, thredUP, an online consignment and thrift store, reported a 50% increase in search for low-rise jeans, compared to the time frame between January and March of 2021. Olivia Muenter,, 10 Aug. 2021 Also check out resale sellers to make some dough selling things on consignment. Washington Post, 17 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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

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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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The first known use of consignment was circa 1668

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“Consignment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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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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