1714, “contract between the King of Spain and another power” (especially that made at the Peace of Utrecht, 1713, with Great Britain for furnishing African slaves to the Spanish colonies in the Americas), from Spanish asiento, from asentar “to adjust, settle, establish,” literally “to place on a chair,” from a sentar, from Latin sedens, present participle of sedere “to sit” (see sedentary).
This contract was technically called in those days an assiento.
American Eloquence, Volume III. (of 4) Various
A good ministry would have considered how a renewal of the assiento might have been obtained.
The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. I. (of 12) Edmund Burke
To estimate the extent of the smuggling trade directly traceable to the loop-holes which the assiento offered, was impossible.
The History of Cuba, vol. 2 Willis Fletcher Johnson
These two men had been granted the assiento in Spain, that is, the privilege of furnishing the Spanish colonies with Negro slaves.
The Journal of Negro History, Volume 4, 1919 Various
The importation then dwindled, but rose after the assiento to perhaps 30,000.
The Suppression of the African Slave Trade to the United States of America W. E. B. Du Bois
to give or allocate; allot: to assign rooms at a hotel. to give out or announce as a task: to assign homework. to appoint, as to a post or duty: to assign one to guard duty. to designate; name; specify: to assign a day for a meeting. to ascribe; attribute; bring forward: to assign a […]
capable of being specified: The word has no assignable meaning in our language. capable of being attributed: This work is assignable to a 12th-century poet. Law. capable of being . Historical Examples And now I had awakened, without any assignable cause, hours before my usual time. The Law and the Lady Wilkie Collins Let us […]
one of the notes issued as paper currency from 1789 to 1796 by the revolutionary government on the security of confiscated lands. Historical Examples I looked up, and there, straight before me, saw the same officer who had given me the assignat the night before. Harper’s New Monthly Magazine, Volume 1, No. 3, August, 1850. […]
an appointment for a meeting, especially a lover’s secret rendezvous. the act of ; . Contemporary Examples One can see an assignation end hopelessly, another can see it freighted with possibility. How Will They End ‘The Affair’? Showtime’s Adultery Drama Defies Predictability Tim Teeman December 10, 2014 Leave them alone for half an hour, and […]
- Assigned counsel
any private lawyer designated by a city or county court to represent indigent defendants in criminal cases at public expense. Historical Examples Following the advice of his assigned counsel, he pleaded guilty. Lippincott’s Magazine, August, 1885 Various