Definition of assignation in US English:



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

    ‘his assignation with an older woman’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘None of her assignations sounds like much fun and her home life was no happier.’
    • ‘He's outside the required 400-mile limit for extramarital quickies and anonymous assignations.’
    • ‘The small private dining rooms that characterized most restaurants offered the possibility of forbidden political dinners or risky amorous assignations.’
    • ‘She is eventually sacked after one of her secret assignations with him is discovered.’
    • ‘He had already made a few assignations with the lowlife drug dealers who frequented the place.’
    • ‘They've gone on romantic assignations at the historic Fairmont Hotel.’
    • ‘Favourite spots for sneaked assignations are empty classrooms, deserted corridors and overgrown lots.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘New relationships, secret assignations and a dazzling necklace add to their complicated lives.’
    • ‘Initials meant secret assignations, though there were no locations.’
    • ‘There would be no assignations, no letters, no phone calls.’
    • ‘In this odd urban pastoral, people wander about London, have lunch, try to make assignations, wake up with hangovers and never get anywhere.’
    • ‘Their fans fluttered as the men commented on their appearance or nodded, touched an arm here, felt the wares there, and made assignations.’
    • ‘Her assignations with her lover, a theatre director can be heard in the tiny courtyard.’
    • ‘He kept a secret journal of his assignations with high-power closeted Hollywood players and revelled in his clandestine life as a quasi-hooker.’
    • ‘In a few hours there is to be an appointment with a professor, then later, an assignation at the pub.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The other is a lurid science fiction tale, made up by the woman's demon lover during assignations in rundown, disreputable places.’
    • ‘The researchers found that females were sneaking away into the jungle for assignations with the handsome young ‘hunks’ of the band.’
    rendezvous, date, appointment, meeting, tweetup
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  • 2The allocation or attribution of someone or something as belonging to something.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The overall level of correct assignation of parent varieties was higher when P was used at a level of 0.99.’
    • ‘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?’


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).