An assignation is a secret meeting. You might have an assignation with your new girlfriend if the two of you were keeping your relationship private.

Any kind of clandestine meeting can be called an assignation, but it most often describes a romantic tryst. Every encounter between the two main characters in Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" is an assignation, since their families don't approve of their relationship. The word assignation meant "appointment by authority" in the 14th century, from the Latin assignationem, "an assigning or allotment," with the "meeting by arrangement" meaning arising in the late 17th century.

Definitions of assignation
  1. noun
    a secret rendezvous (especially between lovers)
    synonyms: tryst
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    a meeting planned at a certain time and place
  2. noun
    the act of distributing by allotting or apportioning; distribution according to a plan
    synonyms: allocation, allotment, apportioning, apportionment, parceling, parcelling
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    grant, subsidisation, subsidization
    the act of providing a subsidy
    reallocation, reallotment, reapportionment
    a new apportionment (especially a new apportionment of congressional seats in the United States on the basis of census results)
    the act of apportioning or distributing something
    the act of rationing
    parcel, portion, share
    the allotment of some amount by dividing something
    award, awarding
    a grant made by a law court
    block grant
    a grant of federal money to state and local governments to support social welfare programs
    a grant from a central government to a local government
    a redistribution of something
    new deal
    a reapportioning of something
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    the act of distributing or spreading or apportioning
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