assignation [as-ig-ney-shuh n] ExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for assignation on noun

  1. an appointment for a meeting, especially a lover’s secret rendezvous.
  2. the act of assigning; assignment.

Origin of assignation 1400–50; late Middle English assignacioun Latin assignātiōn- (stem of assignātiō). See assign, -ation Related formsre·as·sig·na·tion, nounCan be confusedassignment assignation Related Words for assignation rendezvous, tryst, affair, engagement, appointment, date, quickie Examples from the Web for assignation Contemporary Examples of assignation

  • One can see an assignation end hopelessly, another can see it freighted with possibility.

    How Will They End ‘The Affair’? Showtime’s Adultery Drama Defies Predictability

    Tim Teeman

    December 11, 2014

  • Leave them alone for half an hour, and they will consummate the assignation in a hall closet or a public park.

    David’s Bookclub: Sodom and Gomorrah

    David Frum

    September 29, 2012

  • Historical Examples of assignation

  • “The assignation is for nine o’clock in the Bois de Boulogne,” Aline informed her.


    Rafael Sabatini

  • When he comes and demands admission, she denies the assignation.

    Ballads of Romance and Chivalry

    Frank Sidgwick

  • He took out an assignation ruble note and gave it to Karataev.

    War and Peace

    Leo Tolstoy

  • At last they set sail for Savona, the place of their assignation.

    The Pirates of Panama

    A. O. (Alexandre Olivier) Exquemelin

  • She was to watch her mistress from the house, and follow her to the place of assignation.

    The White Chief

    Mayne Reid

  • British Dictionary definitions for assignation assignation noun

    1. a secret or forbidden arrangement to meet, esp one between lovers
    2. the act of assigning; assignment
    3. law, mainly Scot another word for assignment

    Word Origin for assignation C14: from Old French, from Latin assignātiō a marking out; see assign Word Origin and History for assignation n.

    early 14c., “appointment by authority,” from Old French assignacion (14c., Modern French assignation), from Latin assignationem (nominative assignatio) “an assigning, allotment,” noun of action from past participle stem of assignare (see assign). Meaning “action of legally transfering” (a right or property) is from 1570s; that of “a meeting by arrangement, tryst” is from 1650s.

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