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

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Examples of assignation in a Sentence

a midnight assignation between adulterers at a downtown hotel

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Even though the narrator rebuffs Milkman’s advances, word instantly goes around of their illicit assignations and her loose morals. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: A Critical Mass of Absurdist Misapprehensions," 30 Nov. 2018 Eimear McBride describes their assignations intimately but obliquely: Much of the physical act is left to the imagination. Donal Ryan, WSJ, "Five Best: Donal Ryan on Novels About College Days," 13 Sep. 2018 Methane consists of a single carbon atom surrounded by four hydrogen ones, giving the gas its chemical assignation of CH4. The Economist, "Scientists struggle to explain a worrying rise in atmospheric methane," 28 Apr. 2018 When Ben arrives at the Taft Hotel for his first assignation with Mrs. Robinson, he is met with an outflux of elderly guests. Conor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic, "The Graduate 50 Years After Its Oscar Win," 3 Mar. 2018 Even so, members say that as Levine’s nightly assignations continued, the maestro could also turn abusive. Kay Lazar,, "In the maestro’s thrall," 2 Mar. 2018 Loyal and discreet, Donald routinely turns a blind eye to his employer’s clandestine extramarital assignations. Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Lies We Tell': Film Review," 30 Jan. 2018 Just two months ago, prosecutors said, another stranger approached another relative of the victim and showed that person the video of the hotel assignation. Alan Feuer, New York Times, "A Blackmail Case With Prostitutes, a Video and Sex Abuse Charges," 19 Sep. 2017 Felt is shown having exactly one parking-structure assignation with Woodward (Julian Morris) that is almost perverse in its lack of suspense. Justin Chang,, "Deep Throat drama 'Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House' stays mostly on the surface," 28 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of assignation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of assignation

formal : a meeting between lovers

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