Meaning of “consignment” in the English Dictionary

"consignment" in British English

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consignmentnoun [ C ]

uk /kənˈsaɪn.mənt/ us /kənˈsaɪn.mənt/

an amount of goods that is sent somewhere:

The most recent consignment of cloth was faulty.
on consignment

If goods are on consignment, the person or company that receives them will only pay for them after they have been sold.

(Definition of “consignment” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"consignment" in American English

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consignmentnoun [ C/U ]

us /kənˈsɑɪn·mənt/

the act of sending goods to a business that ordered them:

[ C ] The last consignment of dresses was shipped yesterday.

If goods are on consignment, the person or company that has them pays for them only after selling them.

(Definition of “consignment” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"consignment" in Business English

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consignmentnoun [ C ]

uk /kənˈsaɪnmənt/ us COMMERCE

a quantity of goods that are sent together:

consignment of sth When we get our next consignment of stock our new warehouse management system will be in operation.
Customs officers at the port discovered a consignment of pirated computer games.
on consignment

goods that are on consignment to a store, etc. are only paid for once they have been sold:

Some stores prefer to hold goods on consignment rather than take the risk that they will remain unsold.

(Definition of “consignment” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)