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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
Recent Examples on the Web Soon Cordelia encounters childhood friends James and Lucie Herondale and is drawn into their world of glittering ballrooms, secret assignations, and supernatural salons, where vampires and warlocks mingle with mermaids and magicians. David Canfield,, "Exclusive: See where Cassandra Clare is headed for her Chain of Gold tour," 14 Jan. 2020 Alma writes about crushes and kisses and assignations on the Ringstrasse, about vigorously practicing the piano and earnestly studying composition, about attending the opera, about buying dresses and fighting with her mama. Cathleen Schine, The New York Review of Books, "It Had to Be Her," 7 Jan. 2020 Cheating lovers broadcast live audio of assignations to their boyfriends. Jody Rosen, The New Yorker, "Rudy Giuliani and the Butt-Dialler Within All of Us," 5 Nov. 2019 Their stories include a soapy melodrama of upper-upper-class mores, a secret assignation that becomes an assassination, and a tale of a lowly Michigan widow named Ellen who’s trying to get to the bottom of the whole rotten affair. Los Angeles Times, "Review: No one comes out clean in ‘The Laundromat,’ Steven Soderbergh’s playful Panama Papers comedy," 25 Sep. 2019 The artist’s virile exemplars helped liberate gay men from society’s cheap assignations — as mentally disturbed fops mincing out roles as faux women. R. Daniel Foster, Los Angeles Times, "An L.A. home where homoerotic artist Tom of Finland lived is a shrine to his legacy," 2 Oct. 2019 Clients are more likely to insist on assignations in remote places. The Economist, "The idea of criminalising prostitutes’ clients is spreading," 15 June 2019 The artistry comes in the assignation of a prefix, Shubat said. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Wonder where generic drug names come from? Two women in Chicago, that’s where," 23 July 2019 Clarke’s next assignation: mixed doubles with Coco Gauff. Jon Wertheim,, "Five Thoughts On Day 4 of Wimbledon: Kyrgios-Nadal, Tomic Fined, Serena Survives," 4 July 2019

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First Known Use of assignation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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27 Jan 2020

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“Assignation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of assignation

formal : a meeting between lovers

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