from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of the notes issued as paper currency in France (1789-1796) by the revolutionary government and secured by confiscated lands.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A banknote used during the French Revolution, on the security of state land.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One of the notes, bills, or bonds, issued as currency by the revolutionary government of France (1790-1796), and based on the security of the lands of the church and of nobles which had been appropriated by the state.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of the notes forming the paper currency issued in France during the revolution from 1789 to 1796.
- n. In French law, the assignment of an annuity on an estate, by which the annuity is based on the security of the latter: now little used.
French, from Latin assignātus, past participle of assignāre, to assign; see assign.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French assignat. (Wiktionary)