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Having been given to an agent or shop to sell, with proceeds only going to the consignor after a successful sale. She sells her homemade clothing on consignment in a number of different boutique shops around the city.
[of goods] having been placed in a store for sale, with payments made for the goods by the operator of the store only if they are sold. The artist placed his work in a gallery on consignment. I will attempt to sell your clothing on consignment.
Turning over goods for an agent to sell, with the provision that payment is made only on completed sales and that unsold goods may be returned to the consignor. For example, This secondhand shop accepts items of clothing on consignment. [c. 1700]
With the provision that payment is expected only on completed sales and that unsold items may be returned to the one consigning: The retailer accepted the shipment on consignment.