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From Old French assignacion.


  • IPA(key): /æsɪɡˈneɪʃən/


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, John Cleland, Memoirs of Fanny Hill[1]:
      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.
  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.




assignation f (plural assignations)

  1. assignation