[ 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

1400–50; late Middle English assignacioun < Latin assignātiōn- (stem of assignātiō). See assign, -ation

Related forms

re·as·sig·na·tion, noun

Can be confused

assignment assignation Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for assignation


/ (ˌæsɪɡˈneɪʃən) /


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 for assignation

C14: from Old French, from Latin assignātiō a marking out; see assign
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