assignation

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /æsɪgˈnejʃən/

Etymology[edit]

Old French assignacion

Noun[edit]

assignation (plural assignations)

  1. An appointment for a meeting, generally of a romantic or sexual nature.
    • Alexander Pope
      While nymphs take treats, or assignations give.
    1749 As soon as Mr. Barville saw me, he got up, with a visible air of pleasure and surprize, and saluting me, asked Mrs. Cole if it was possible that so fine and delicate a creature would voluntarily submit to such sufferings and rigours as were the subject of his assignation. — John Cleland, Memoirs of Fanny Hill.
  2. The act of assigning or allotting; apportionment.
    • Holland
      This order being taken in the senate, as touching the appointment and assignation of those provinces.
  3. A making over by transfer of title; assignment.

Usage notes[edit]

Modern usage confines the word to mean an agreed-upon place for illicit sex, but earlier usage is broader, and considerably more innocent.

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