[ 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 formsre·as·sig·na·tion, noun
Can be confusedassignment 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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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.

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