[ as-ig-ney-shuhn ]
See synonyms for assignation on
  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

Other words from assignation

  • re·as·sig·na·tion, noun

Words that may be confused with assignation

Words Nearby assignation Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use assignation in a sentence

  • I had an assignation with her here, but your coming spoiled my sport.

    The Recruiting Officer | George Farquhar
  • I warrant you have made an assignation to instruct some lady in the mathematics.

  • Indeed, it was chiefly upon that account that the assignation had been fixed so late.

  • She was convinced that the writing was Harry's, but whom could the assignation be intended for?

    Bluebell | Mrs. George Croft Huddleston

British Dictionary definitions for assignation


/ (ˌæsɪɡˈneɪʃən) /

  1. a secret or forbidden arrangement to meet, esp one between lovers

  2. the act of assigning; assignment

  1. law, mainly Scot another word for assignment

Origin of assignation

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

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