Definition of assignation in English:

assignation

noun

  • 1An appointment to meet someone in secret, typically one made by lovers.

    ‘his assignation with an older woman’
    • ‘It is believed that the original carnival was a much bigger and rowdier affair with fights, bear baitings and puppet shows, bull fights and secret assignations in gondolas.’
    • ‘None of her assignations sounds like much fun and her home life was no happier.’
    • ‘There would be no assignations, no letters, no phone calls.’
    • ‘He's outside the required 400-mile limit for extramarital quickies and anonymous assignations.’
    • ‘New relationships, secret assignations and a dazzling necklace add to their complicated lives.’
    • ‘In this odd urban pastoral, people wander about London, have lunch, try to make assignations, wake up with hangovers and never get anywhere.’
    • ‘The researchers found that females were sneaking away into the jungle for assignations with the handsome young ‘hunks’ of the band.’
    • ‘Their fans fluttered as the men commented on their appearance or nodded, touched an arm here, felt the wares there, and made assignations.’
    • ‘She is eventually sacked after one of her secret assignations with him is discovered.’
    • ‘Over the last few years, a vocal minority of local residents have raised objections to assignations by gay men in the Square in the middle of the night.’
    • ‘They've gone on romantic assignations at the historic Fairmont Hotel.’
    • ‘Favourite spots for sneaked assignations are empty classrooms, deserted corridors and overgrown lots.’
    • ‘The small private dining rooms that characterized most restaurants offered the possibility of forbidden political dinners or risky amorous assignations.’
    • ‘He kept a secret journal of his assignations with high-power closeted Hollywood players and revelled in his clandestine life as a quasi-hooker.’
    • ‘The other is a lurid science fiction tale, made up by the woman's demon lover during assignations in rundown, disreputable places.’
    • ‘He had already made a few assignations with the lowlife drug dealers who frequented the place.’
    • ‘Her assignations with her lover, a theatre director can be heard in the tiny courtyard.’
    • ‘There was nothing - no sign or menu - to distinguish it from all the other houses with their wood-shingle roofs and bamboo shutters and histories of hidden assignations.’
    • ‘In a few hours there is to be an appointment with a professor, then later, an assignation at the pub.’
    • ‘Initials meant secret assignations, though there were no locations.’
    rendezvous, date, appointment, meeting, tweetup
    tryst
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  • 2The allocation or attribution of someone or something as belonging to something.

    • ‘Was it designed to implicate as many individuals as possible in the killings, and thus to make any future assignation of responsibility for specific acts of genocide just about impossible?’
    • ‘The overall level of correct assignation of parent varieties was higher when P was used at a level of 0.99.’
    • ‘Haplotypes usually have to be estimated from the genotype data, with random assignation whenever the haplotype cannot be inferred unambiguously.’
    • ‘More data are necessary to understand the significance of a possibly general assignation of short branches to basal and species-poor taxa by tree-reconstruction algorithms.’

Origin

Late Middle English (in the senses command, appointment to office, or allotment of revenue): via Old French from Latin assignatio(n-), from the verb assignare (see assign).

Pronunciation

assignation

/ˌasiɡˈnāSH(ə)n/