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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 The assignation was seen as a major escalation in hostilities, and Iran days later launched missile attacks on Iraqi bases, injuring more than 100 U.S. troops. Andrew Dyer, San Diego Union-Tribune, "2020 a year of travails, tragedy for San Diego military community," 30 Dec. 2020 The outerwear is meant to conceal your, presumably, illicit assignation with beignets. Tim Carman, Washington Post, "No amount of powdered sugar can hide the disappointment of Popeyes’ chocolate beignets," 16 Dec. 2020 An assignation amid its sleeping citizens, dreaming in their beds, unaware of Harvey and Don DeLillo vibrating on a higher frequency? Emma Cline, The New Yorker, "White Noise," 1 June 2020 Keith arrives for one assignation shortly after seeing Paula’s husband thump a barfly for a mild insult. oregonlive, "‘That Left Turn at Albuquerque’ offers noir-fiction staples, harsh look at American striving: book review," 20 Mar. 2020 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

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First Known Use of assignation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Assignation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of assignation

formal : a meeting between lovers

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