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Any of the notes issued as paper currency in France (1789-1796) by the revolutionary government and secured by confiscated lands.
[French, from Latin assignātus, past participle of assignāre, to assign; see assign.]
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assignat(ˈæsɪɡˌnæt; ˌæsɪˈnjɑː; French asiɲa)
1. (Historical Terms) French history the paper money issued by the Constituent Assembly in 1789, backed by the confiscated land of the Church and the émigrés
2. (Banking & Finance) French history the paper money issued by the Constituent Assembly in 1789, backed by the confiscated land of the Church and the émigrés
[C18: from French, from Latin assignātum something appointed; see assign]
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as•sig•nat(ˈæs ɪgˌnæt; Fr. a siˈnya)
n., pl. as•sig•nats (ˈæs ɪgˌnæts; Fr. a siˈnya)
a note issued as currency from 1789 to 1796 by the French revolutionary government on the security of confiscated lands.
[1780–90; < French < Latin assignātus assigned]
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