Re assignation


an appointment for a meeting, especially a lover's secret rendezvous.
the act of assigning; assignment.

1400–50; late Middle English assignacioun < Latin assignātiōn- (stem of assignātiō). See assign, -ation

reassignation, noun

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assignation (ˌæsɪɡˈneɪʃən)
1.  a secret or forbidden arrangement to meet, esp one between lovers
2.  the act of assigning; assignment
3.  chiefly (Scot) law another word for assignment
[C14: from Old French, from Latin assignātiō a marking out; see assign]

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Word Origin & History

c.1400, "appointment by authority," from O.Fr. assignacion (14c., Mod.Fr. assignation), from L. assignationem "allotment," noun of action from 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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