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  • assignation

an appointment for a meeting, especially a lover's secret rendezvous.

the act of assigning ; assignment .

Origin of assignation

Other words from assignation.

  • re·as·sig·na·tion, noun

Words that may be confused with assignation

  • assignment , assignation

Words Nearby assignation

  • assiduously
  • assigned counsel
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How to use assignation in a sentence

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

Pros: Getting to picture yourself gliding efficiently through town, perhaps en route to a snowy assignation .

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

The picture turned his private assignation into a spectacle for all the world—and his wife—to see.

No girl would make an assignation at that hour just to tell a man that she intended to meet him again the next day.

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

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?

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

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  • rumours about his secret assignations with a mystery woman

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  • 1.1 Etymology
  • 1.2 Pronunciation
  • 1.3.1 Usage notes
  • 1.3.2 Derived terms
  • 1.3.3 Translations
  • 1.4 Anagrams
  • 2.1 Etymology
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English [ edit ]

Etymology [ edit ].

From Middle English assignacioun , from Old French assignacion , from Latin assīgnātiō .

Pronunciation [ edit ]

  • IPA ( key ) : /æsɪɡˈneɪʃən/

Noun [ edit ]

assignation ( countable and uncountable , plural assignations )

  • 1714 , Alexander Pope , “ The Rape of the Lock ”, in The Works of Mr. Alexander Pope , volume I, London: [ … ] W [ illiam ] Bowyer , for Bernard Lintot ,   [ … ] , published 1717 , →OCLC , canto III: While nymphs take treats, or assignations give.
  • 1749 , [John Cleland ], “ (Please specify the letter or volume) ”, in Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure [ Fanny Hill ], London: [ … ] G. Fenton [ i.e. , Fenton and Ralph Griffiths ]   [ … ] , →OCLC : As soon as Mr. Barville saw me, he got up, with a visible air of pleasure and surprize, and saluting me, asked Mrs. Cole if it was possible that so fine and delicate a creature would voluntarily submit to such sufferings and rigours as were the subject of his assignation .
  • 1986 , John le Carré , A Perfect Spy : What assignations followed we can never know, except that, according to Morrie, Rick did once boast that there was more than cake and lemon barley waiting for him up at The Glades when he delivered the church magazine.
  • 1996 , David Foster Wallace , Infinite Jest   [ … ] , Boston, Mass., New York, N.Y.: Little, Brown and Company , →ISBN , page 30 : ‘That you could dare to imagine we’d fail conversationally to countenance certain weekly shall we say maternal … assignations with a certain unnamed bisexual bassoonist in the Albertan Secret Guard’s tactical-bands unit?’
  • 1659 , T[itus] Livius [ i.e. , Livy ], “ (please specify the book number) ”, in Philemon Holland , transl., The Romane Historie   [ … ] , London: [ … ] W. Hunt, for George Sawbridge,   [ … ] , →OCLC : This order being taken in the senate, as touching the appointment and assignation of those provinces.
  • A making over by transfer of title ; assignment .

Usage notes [ edit ]

Modern usage confines the word to mean an agreed-upon place for illicit sex, but earlier usage is broader, and considerably more innocent.

Derived terms [ edit ]

  • house of assignation

Translations [ edit ]

Anagrams [ edit ].

  • saginations

French [ edit ]

From Old French assignacion , from Latin assīgnātiō .

  • IPA ( key ) : /a.si.ɲa.sjɔ̃/

assignation   f ( plural assignations )

  • ( law ) summons , subpoena

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Further reading [ edit ].

  • “ assignation ”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [ Digitized Treasury of the French Language ] , 2012.

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An assignment is a task given to a specific person or group to complete. It can also mean the act of assigning . In some legal fields it can refer to the transferring of ownership of property.

An assignation is the act of assigning or the actual assignment. But it also means a secret rendezvous for lovers, most especially for affairs or illicit relationships. Sometimes this is used to mean a secret meeting or a regularly set meeting, but it would be confusing in this sense to those who are familiar with the standard meaning (see the example below). As a mass noun it can refer to something as being owned or belonging to something else.

Examples The choice has not been made, but it appears the team is more likely to option Orlando to Omaha, rather than designate Dyson for assignment. [ The Kansas City Star ] According to a criminal complaint, Ms Dale, 21, told a detective that Ethan refused to complete the assignment for the first time on 24 February. [ International Business Times ] I vaguely remember seeing images of Delhiites being water-hosed by police while rioting for “Nirbhaya,” an assignation that means “Fearless One,” given to Pandey by the media as authorities would not release her name. [ Huffington Post ] The rare exceptions include a scene in which Shulem follows his wife to an assignation with Félix, slapping his romantic rival to the sidewalk like a petulant schoolboy. [ The Washington Post ] Over the past few months, RPG Enterprises chairman Harsh Goenka, has been having an assignation every other Friday for a few hours. [ India Times ]

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Definition of assignment

task , duty , job , chore , stint , assignment mean a piece of work to be done.

task implies work imposed by a person in authority or an employer or by circumstance.

duty implies an obligation to perform or responsibility for performance.

job applies to a piece of work voluntarily performed; it may sometimes suggest difficulty or importance.

chore implies a minor routine activity necessary for maintaining a household or farm.

stint implies a carefully allotted or measured quantity of assigned work or service.

assignment implies a definite limited task assigned by one in authority.

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see assign entry 1

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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ASSIGNATION, Scotch law. The ceding or yielding a thing to another of which intimation must be made.

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  1. Assignation Definition & Meaning

    1 : the act of assigning or the assignment made 2 : an appointment of time and place for a meeting especially : tryst returned from an assignation with his mistress W. B. Yeats Synonyms appointment date engagement rendezvous tryst See all Synonyms & Antonyms in Thesaurus Example Sentences


    assignation noun [ C ] formal uk / ˌæs.ɪɡˈneɪ.ʃ ə n / us / ˌæs.ɪɡˈneɪ.ʃ ə n / Add to word list a meeting that is secret or not allowed, especially one between two people having a romantic relationship SMART Vocabulary: related words and phrases Meeting people acquaintance ayup bump bump into someone counter-rally

  3. Assignation Definition & Meaning

    lacking in decisiveness; without strength or character; irresolute. friendly or appearing to be friendly in a very intimate or hearty way. TAKE THE QUIZ TO FIND OUT Origin of assignation 1 1400-50; late Middle English assignacioun <Latin assignātiōn- (stem of assignātiō ). See assign, -ation Other words from assignation re·as·sig·na·tion, noun

  4. Assignation

    1. a. The act of assigning: assignation of blame. b. Something assigned, especially an allotment. 2. a. An appointment to meet in secret, especially between lovers. See Synonyms at engagement. b. The meeting made by such an appointment. as′sig·na′tion·al adj. American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition.

  5. 13 Synonyms of ASSIGNATION

    noun Definition of assignation as in appointment an agreement to be present at a specified time and place a midnight assignation between adulterers at a downtown hotel Synonyms & Similar Words Relevance appointment date rendezvous tryst engagement meeting arrangement invitation interview visit schedule get-together call

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    Definitions of assignation noun a secret rendezvous (especially between lovers) synonyms: tryst see more noun the act of distributing by allotting or apportioning; distribution according to a plan synonyms: allocation, allotment, apportioning, apportionment, parceling, parcelling see more Cite this entry Style: MLA "Assignation."

  7. Assignation definition and meaning

    noun 1. a secret or forbidden arrangement to meet, esp one between lovers 2. the act of assigning; assignment 3. law, mainly Scottish another word for assignment Collins English Dictionary. Copyright © HarperCollins Publishers Word origin C14: from Old French, from Latin assignātiō a marking out; see assign Word Frequency

  8. Assignation Definition & Meaning

    assignation (noun) assignation /ˌæsɪg ˈ neɪʃən/ noun. plural assignations. Britannica Dictionary definition of ASSIGNATION. [count] formal. : a meeting between lovers. a secret assignation [= tryst]

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    Definition of assignation noun in Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary. Meaning, pronunciation, picture, example sentences, grammar, usage notes, synonyms and more.

  10. Assignation Definition & Meaning

    noun assignations The act of assigning. Assignation of blame. American Heritage An assigning or being assigned. Webster's New World Something assigned, especially an allotment. American Heritage Anything assigned. Webster's New World An appointment to meet in secret, especially between lovers. American Heritage More Noun Definitions (5) Synonyms:

  11. Assign Definition & Meaning

    as· sign ə-ˈsīn assigned; assigning; assigns Synonyms of assign transitive verb 1 : to transfer (property) to another especially in trust or for the benefit of creditors 2 a : to appoint to a post or duty assigned them to light duty assigned me two clerks b : to appoint as a duty or task assigns 20 pages for homework 3

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    Noun [ edit] assignation ( countable and uncountable, plural assignations ) An appointment for a meeting, generally of a romantic or sexual nature. quotations synonym . Synonym: tryst. 1714, Alexander Pope, " The Rape of the Lock ", in The Works of Mr. Alexander Pope, volume I, London: [ …]

  16. What Does Assignation or assignment Mean? Definition & Examples

    Assignation or assignment | Grammarist | Words An assignment is a task given to a specific person or group to complete. It can also mean the act of assigning. In some legal fields it can refer to the transferring of ownership of property. An assignation is the act of assigning or the actual assignment.

  17. Meaning of Assignation with Examples in Sentence

    Assignation Meaning with Examples - The act of assigning or allotting; apportionment. - An appointment of time and place for meeting or interview; -- used chiefly of love interviews, and now commonly in a bad sense. - A making over by transfer of title; assignment.;

  18. Assignment Definition & Meaning

    The meaning of ASSIGNMENT is the act of assigning something. How to use assignment in a sentence. Synonym Discussion of Assignment.

  19. Assignation legal definition of assignation

    assignation in Scots law, the mode of transferring ownership of incorporeal property. The grantor is known as the cedent and the person to whom the property is assigned is the assignee or cessionary. No form is required, but one is provided in the Transmission of Moveable Property (Scotland) Act 1862.

  20. Assignation vs. Assignment: What's the difference?

    The meeting made by such an appointment. Assignment . The transfer of a claim, right, interest, or property from one to another. Assignation . An appointment for a meeting, generally of a romantic or sexual nature. Assignment . The instrument by which this transfer is effected. Assignation .

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    Define assignations. assignations synonyms, assignations pronunciation, assignations translation, English dictionary definition of assignations. n. 1. a. The act of assigning: assignation of blame. ... To say the truth, the lady had made him an assignation at this very place, and promised to stay at Worcester till his division came thither ...