as·​sig·​na·​tion ˌa-sig-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce assignation (audio)
: the act of assigning or the assignment made
: 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 Of course, the whole purpose of Fett and Buck’s farm is not just to provide a pleasant environment for avian assignations but to breed the birds for a growing army of animal lovers who have decided that giant fowl with piercing cries and six-foot sheddable feathers make the perfect pet. Jeffrey Kluger, Discover Magazine, 11 Nov. 2019 The two lovers had regular assignations at a house in town originally bought by Arthur’s grandmother after her flight from China to Penang. James Wood, The New Yorker, 6 Nov. 2023 Raffael, who butchers his English, and Claudia, quick to pull rank, have a weekly assignation behind Paul’s back; Paul and Leo run a drug cartel with Raffael’s ambassadorial assistance. Jesse Green, New York Times, 22 Oct. 2023 Jamila and Antek continue their assignations at greater and greater risk, leading to a dramatic chain of events that culminates with the villagers violently turning on the adulterous bride. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, 18 Sep. 2023 Rose describes her affairs and assignations with wistful wit, bending ordinary language into bands around her bare ring finger. Jacob Brogan, Washington Post, 24 Aug. 2023 On Thursday, September 1, 2022, Deputy Chief DiPrima, with the Cartersville Police Department was arrested by Polk County Sheriff’s Office (Florida) for Soliciting another for prostitution, lewdness, or assignation. Caroline Silva, ajc, 6 Sep. 2022 There are crises in both, along with self-doubt, confrontations, assignations and discussions about art and life. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, 15 June 2023 In Lodge’s novel, Wells plays a kind of Peter Sellers role, moving from one hapless assignation to the next in trains and garden sheds and one-room cottages, stopping to make pious progressive speeches while seeing only the shapely ladies who have gathered to listen. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 15 Nov. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of assignation was in the 15th century

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“Assignation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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