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[as-ig-ney-shuh n] /ˌæs ɪgˈneɪ ʃən/
an appointment for a meeting, especially a lover's secret rendezvous.
the act of assigning; assignment.
Origin of assignation
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English assignacioun < Latin assignātiōn- (stem of assignātiō). See assign, -ation
Related forms
reassignation, noun
Can be confused
assignment, assignation. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for assignation
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  • "The assignation is for nine o'clock in the Bois de Boulogne," Aline informed her.

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

  • 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
  • I had ridden to my ruin—I had followed to be present at an assignation.

    The War Trail Mayne Reid
  • At the hour prescribed I appeared at the place of assignation.

    Devereux, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • It is often mentioned as a place of assignation in Restoration plays.

    The Journal to Stella Jonathan Swift
British Dictionary definitions for assignation


a secret or forbidden arrangement to meet, esp one between lovers
the act of assigning; assignment
(law, mainly Scot) another word for assignment
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, from Latin assignātiō a marking out; see assign
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Word Origin and History for assignation

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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