Definition of assignation in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌasiɡˈnāSH(ə)n/


1An appointment to meet someone in secret, typically one made by lovers: his assignation with an older woman
More example sentences
  • 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.
  • The other is a lurid science fiction tale, made up by the woman's demon lover during assignations in rundown, disreputable places.
  • He kept a secret journal of his assignations with high-power closeted Hollywood players and revelled in his clandestine life as a quasi-hooker.
2The allocation or attribution of someone or something as belonging to something.
Example sentences
  • 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?
  • 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.
  • Haplotypes usually have to be estimated from the genotype data, with random assignation whenever the haplotype cannot be inferred unambiguously.


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).

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Syllabification: as·sig·na·tion

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