assignation

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English assignacioun, from Old French assignacion.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /æsɪɡˈneɪʃən/
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NounEdit

assignation (countable and uncountable, plural assignations)

  1. An appointment for a meeting, generally of a romantic or sexual nature.
    • 1714, Alexander Pope, “The Rape of the Lock”, in The Works of Mr. Alexander Pope, volume I, London: [] W[illiam] Bowyer, for Bernard Lintot, [], published 1717, OCLC 43265629, canto III:
      While nymphs take treats, or assignations give.
    • 1749, [John Cleland], “(Please specify the letter or volume)”, in Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure [Fanny Hill], London: [] G. Fenton [i.e., Fenton and Ralph Griffiths] [], OCLC 731622352:
      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.
    • 1986, John le Carré, A Perfect Spy:
      What assignations followed we can never know, except that, according to Morrie, Rick did once boast that there was more than cake and lemon barley waiting for him up at The Glades when he delivered the church magazine.
  2. The act of assigning or allotting; apportionment.
    • 1659, T[itus] Livius [i.e., Livy], “(please specify the book number)”, in Philemon Holland, transl., The Romane Historie [], London: [] W. Hunt, for George Sawbridge, [], OCLC 12997447:
      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 notesEdit

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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FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin assīgnātiō.

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NounEdit

assignation f (plural assignations)

  1. (law) summons, subpoena

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