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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 they will consummate the assignation in a hall closet or a public park.
David’s Bookclub: Sodom and Gomorrah David Frum September 28, 2012

Historical Examples

“The assignation is for nine o’clock in the Bois de Boulogne,” Aline informed her.
Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini

He took out an assignation ruble note and gave it to Karataev.
War and Peace Leo Tolstoy

And suddenly it flashed across him that Hughs had merely dogged her to see that she had no assignation with anybody.
Fraternity John Galsworthy

At last they set sail for Savona, the place of their assignation.
The Pirates of Panama A. O. (Alexandre Olivier) Exquemelin

On my honor, you are a rose-bud, and I will have an assignation.
The Milkmaid of Montfermeil (Novels of Paul de Kock Volume XX) Charles Paul de Kock

She was to watch her mistress from the house, and follow her to the place of assignation.
The White Chief Mayne Reid

But I had an assignation, and on such occasions one does not consult the thermometer.
Le Cocu (Novels of Paul de Kock Volume XVIII) Charles Paul de Kock

When he comes and demands admission, she denies the assignation.
Ballads of Romance and Chivalry Frank Sidgwick

a secret or forbidden arrangement to meet, esp one between lovers
the act of assigning; assignment
(law, mainly Scot) another word for assignment

early 14c., “appointment by authority,” from Old French assignacion (14c., Modern French assignation), from Latin assignationem (nominative assignatio) “an assigning, allotment,” noun of action from past participle stem of assignare (see assign). Meaning “action of legally transfering” (a right or property) is from 1570s; that of “a meeting by arrangement, tryst” is from 1650s.


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