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
Recent Examples on the Web 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 Escorted by a large imperial guard, exceeding that provided even for visiting dignitaries, Zoticus arrived at the palace for his assignation with the emperor. National Geographic, "The short reign of Elagabalus, Rome's hard-partying emperor," 19 Mar. 2019 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

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First Known Use of assignation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Assignation.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 November 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of assignation

formal : a meeting between lovers

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