assignat[as′ig nat′; Fr ȧ sē nyȧ′]
a piece of paper currency issued during the French Revolution with confiscated lands as the security
Origin of assignatFrench ; from Classical Latin assignatus, past participle of assignare, assign
Any of the notes issued as paper currency in France (1789–1796) by the revolutionary government and secured by confiscated lands.
Origin of assignatFrench, from Latin assignātus, past participle of assignāre, to assign; see assign.
- (historical) A banknote used during the French Revolution, on the security of state land.
OriginSee also: assignât
From French assignat.