as·​sig·​na·​tion | \ ˌa-sig-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce assignation (audio) \

Definition of assignation

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

Examples of assignation in a Sentence

a midnight assignation between adulterers at a downtown hotel
Recent Examples on the Web Tehran’s refusal to back down from the FTO assignation demand has raised doubt about whether the nuclear impasse can be resolved. Washington Post, 11 May 2022 In 1968, when the time-hopping narrative starts, Hans has been sentenced to prison yet again on the strength of an assignation caught on police surveillance cameras. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, 10 Mar. 2022 The corrupt governor offers to exchange a pardon for Susanna’s chastity, so the siblings and town sheriff devise a plan to disguise a prostitute named Bella Rose as Susanna for the assignation. San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Jan. 2022 The lucrative assignation of World Cup soccer venues depended on the highest bidder. Washington Post, 12 Jan. 2022 Moiraine, sneaking off for a late-night assignation with her secret lover and confidante, who’s also her boss. Sean T. Collins, Vulture, 11 Dec. 2021 Jagna Dobesz’s deft production design encompasses such details as the Rorschach-like patterns on the walls at Magda’s fateful hotel assignation. Dennis Harvey, Variety, 20 Oct. 2021 Other officials said Foote felt sidelined because his proposals on stabilizing Haiti following the assignation of the country's president earlier this year were rejected. Kevin Liptak, CNN, 24 Sep. 2021 It was driven by the blond and busty paramour of the president on her way to a White House assignation. Laurie Hertzel, Star Tribune, 18 July 2021 See More

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First Known Use of assignation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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29 May 2022

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“Assignation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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