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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
  • assigned risk
  • assigned sex

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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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nom féminin

(latin assignatio )

  • 1.  Action d' assigner , de prescrire, d'attribuer.

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  • acquaintance
  • bump into someone
  • counter-rally
  • cross someone's path/cross paths with someone idiom
  • it's a date idiom
  • make yourself known idiom
  • pay your respects idiom
  • power lunch
  • re-encounter
  • town meeting

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as·sig·na·tion

As•sig•na•tion.

  • appointment
  • apportioning
  • apportionment
  • attribution
  • distribution
  • house agent
  • house arrest
  • House of assignation
  • housebreaker
  • asseverative
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  • assibilation
  • Assideanism
  • assiduously
  • assiduousness
  • assignability
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  • Assignment of dower
  • assimilability
  • assimilable
  • assimilating
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Définition de assignation ​​​ votre navigateur ne prend pas en charge audio. nom féminin, synonymes de assignation.

attribution , affectation , imputation

[ Droit ] convocation , citation

Phrases avec le mot assignation

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assignation

  • 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
  • 2.2 Pronunciation
  • 2.3.1 Related terms
  • 2.4 Further reading

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

Related terms [ edit ]

Further reading [ edit ].

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

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What does the noun assignation mean?

There are 11 meanings listed in OED's entry for the noun assignation , four of which are labelled obsolete. See ‘Meaning & use’ for definitions, usage, and quotation evidence.

assignation has developed meanings and uses in subjects including

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Middle English

The earliest known use of the noun assignation is in the Middle English period (1150—1500).

OED's earliest evidence for assignation is from before 1400, in Coventry Mysteries .

assignation is a borrowing from French.

Etymons: French assignacion .

Nearby entries

  • assified, adj. 1818–
  • assify, v. 1804–
  • assign, n.¹ 1601–41
  • assign, n.² c1450–
  • assign, v. 1297–
  • assignability, n. 1884–
  • assignable, adj. 1659–
  • assignably, adv. 1674–
  • assignat, n. 1790–
  • assignate, adj. 1471
  • assignation, n. a1400–
  • assigned, adj. c1374–
  • assignee, adj. & n. 1419–
  • assigneeism, n. 1883–
  • assigneeship, n. 1829–
  • assigner, n. 1667–
  • assigning, n. 1580–
  • assignment, n. 1393–
  • assignor, n. 1690–
  • assilag, n. 1698–
  • assimilability, n. a1834–

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Definition of assign verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  • assign something (to somebody) The teacher assigned a different task to each of the children.
  • The two large classrooms have been assigned to us.
  • assign somebody something We have been assigned the two large classrooms.
  • The teacher assigned each of the children a different task.

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  • assign somebody (to something/as something) They've assigned their best man to the job.
  • Two senior officers have been assigned to the case.
  • assign somebody to do something British forces have been assigned to help with peacekeeping.
  • be assigned to somebody/something I was assigned to B platoon.
  • He was assigned to the Royal Canadian Navy in 1975.
  • assign something to something Assign a different colour to each different type of information.
  • assign something sth The painting cannot be assigned an exact date.
  • The agreement assigns copyright to the publisher.
  • She has assigned the lease to her daughter.

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Definition of assign

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transitive verb

Definition of assign  (Entry 2 of 2)

  • intrust

ascribe , attribute , assign , impute , credit mean to lay something to the account of a person or thing.

ascribe suggests an inferring or conjecturing of cause, quality, authorship.

attribute suggests less tentativeness than ascribe , less definiteness than assign .

assign implies ascribing with certainty or after deliberation.

impute suggests ascribing something that brings discredit by way of accusation or blame.

credit implies ascribing a thing or especially an action to a person or other thing as its agent, source, or explanation.

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Word History

Verb and Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French assigner , from Latin assignare , from ad- + signare to mark, from signum mark, sign

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Phrases Containing assign

  • pre - assign

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Meanings and definitions of "assignation".

  • An appointment for a meeting, generally of a romantic or sexual nature.
  • noun An appointment for a meeting, generally of a romantic or sexual nature.
  • noun The act of assigning or allotting; apportionment.
  • noun A making over by transfer of title; assignment.
  • The act of distributing by allotting or apportioning.
  • An appointment for a meeting between lovers.
  • (lover’s) date
  • noun a secret rendezvous (especially between lovers)
  • noun the act of distributing by allotting or apportioning; distribution according to a plan; "the apportionment of seats in the House of Representatives is based on the relative population of each state"

Synonyms of "assignation" in English dictionary

parceling, allotment, apportionment are the top synonyms of "assignation" in English thesaurus.

  • parceling · allotment · apportionment · tryst · rendezvous · distribution · allocation · apportioning · parcelling

a secret rendezvous (especially between lovers)

the act of distributing by allotting or apportioning; distribution according to a plan; "the apportionment of seats in the House of Representatives is based on the relative population of each state"

Grammar and declension of assignation

  • assignation ( plural   assignations )
  • assignation ( plural assignations )
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The definition of assignation in the dictionary is a secret or forbidden arrangement to meet, esp one between lovers. Other definition of assignation is the act of assigning; assignment.

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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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  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 Examples of assignation in a Sentence

  2. ASSIGNATION

    ASSIGNATION | definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary Meaning of assignation in English assignation noun [ C ] formal us / ˌæs.ɪɡˈneɪ.ʃ ə n / uk / 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

  3. ASSIGNATION Definition & Usage Examples

    show ipa See synonyms for assignation on Thesaurus.com noun an appointment for a meeting, especially a lover's secret rendezvous. the act of assigning; assignment. 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. Définitions : assignation

    assignation nom féminin (latin assignatio) 1. Action d' assigner, de prescrire, d'attribuer. 2. Acte de procédure délivré par huissier de justice, par lequel le demandeur cite son adversaire à comparaître en justice. (On emploie, dans certains cas, le nom de citation .) Synonymes : ajournement - citation 3. Synonyme de affectation . Synonyme :

  5. ASSIGNATION

    ASSIGNATION | English meaning - Cambridge Dictionary Meaning of assignation in English 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

  6. Assignation

    An assignation is a secret meeting. You might have an assignation with your new girlfriend if the two of you were keeping your relationship private.

  7. ASSIGNATION definition and meaning

    1. an assigning or being assigned 2. anything assigned 3. an appointment to meet, esp. one made secretly by lovers, or the meeting itself; tryst; rendezvous Webster's New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

  8. assignation noun

    /ˌæsɪɡˈneɪʃn/ /ˌæsɪɡˈneɪʃn/ (formal or humorous) a meeting, especially a secret one, often for sexual or romantic reasons rumours about his secret assignations with a mystery woman Word Origin Definitions on the go Look up any word in the dictionary offline, anytime, anywhere with the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary app.

  9. assignation

    as•sig•na•tion /ˌæsɪgˈneɪʃən/ n. [ countable] an appointment for a meeting, esp. of lovers. See -sign-. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2022 as•sig•na•tion (as′ig nā′ shən), n. an appointment for a meeting, esp. a lover's secret rendezvous. the act of assigning; assignment.

  10. assignation

    From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English as‧sig‧na‧tion /ˌæsɪɡˈneɪʃən/ noun [ countable] formal a secret meeting, especially with someone you are having a romantic relationship with - often used humorously Examples from the Corpus assignation • Whatever he thought he was doing here, it doesn't look like an assignation, not with a woman an...

  11. Assignation

    assignation. ( ˌæsɪɡˈneɪʃən) n. 1. a secret or forbidden arrangement to meet, esp one between lovers. 2. the act of assigning; assignment. 3. (Law) law chiefly Scot another word for assignment.

  12. assignation

    ASSIGNATION, en termes de Finance, est une Ordonnance ou mandement pour faire payer une dette sur un certain fonds. On donne à des Tresoriers des assignations sur divers Fermiers, pour prendre le fonds destiné à leur maniement. on a donné à ce creancier une assignation sur la couppe d'une telle forest. ASSIGNATION, est aussi une ...

  13. assignation

    An appointment for a meeting, generally of a romantic or sexual nature. Synonym: tryst The act of assigning or allotting; apportionment . 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.

  14. ASSIGNATION Synonyms: 13 Similar Words

    Synonyms for ASSIGNATION: appointment, date, rendezvous, tryst, engagement, meeting, arrangement, invitation, interview, visit

  15. assignation, n. meanings, etymology and more

    /asɪɡˈneɪʃən/ See pronunciation Where does the noun assignation come from? Earliest known use Middle English The earliest known use of the noun assignation is in the Middle English period (1150—1500). OED's earliest evidence for assignation is from before 1400, in Coventry Mysteries. assignation is a borrowing from French.

  16. assign verb

    Definition of assign verb in Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary. Meaning, pronunciation, picture, example sentences, grammar, usage notes, synonyms and more. ... assignation noun; assignment noun; affordable. adjective . From the Word list. Oxford 5000. B2. Oxford Learner's Dictionaries Word of the Day.

  17. Assign Definition & Meaning

    assign 1 of 2 verb 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

  18. assignation

    Learn the definition of 'assignation'. Check out the pronunciation, synonyms and grammar. Browse the use examples 'assignation' in the great English corpus. ... MultiUn en.wiktionary.org jw2019 en.wiktionary.2016 WikiMatrix omegawiki University of Tartu JMdict-Japanese-Multilingual-Dictio ...

  19. Assignment (law)

    Assignment [1] is a legal term used in the context of the laws of contract and of property. In both instances, assignment is the process whereby a person, the assignor, transfers rights or benefits to another, the assignee. [2] An assignment may not transfer a duty, burden or detriment without the express agreement of the assignee.

  20. Meaning of "assignation" in the English dictionary

    The definition of assignation in the dictionary is a secret or forbidden arrangement to meet, esp one between lovers. Other definition of assignation is the act of assigning; assignment. WORDS THAT RHYME WITH ASSIGNATION. combination. ˌkɒmbɪˈneɪʃən. ... en . English assignation.

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

    Assignation or assignment. 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 ...

  22. Assignation en justice et requête au tribunal : procédure

    L'assignation en justice est l'acte de procédure le plus courant pour saisir les tribunaux civils. C'est par cet acte que le demandeur cite son adversaire (le défendeur) à comparaître devant le juge.