: proved good, desirable, or feasible : shown or known to be worthy
a tried-and-true sales technique

Examples of tried-and-true in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While the colors may be new, Stanley’s technology is tried-and-true. Megan Schaltegger, Peoplemag, 25 Mar. 2024 Conclusion While analyzing the past goes a long way in revealing timeless principles, a nimble, adaptive PR strategy requires far more than the tried-and-true. Jennifer Acree, Forbes, 28 Feb. 2024 Most home and kitchen must-haves are tried-and-true for a reason—like your favorite cast iron skillet that’s still good as new or an affordable stick vacuum that sucks up dust and pet hair as well as any $500 model. Stephanie Osmanski, Better Homes & Gardens, 17 Feb. 2024 The Restaurants of 2024 include buzzy Instagram-worthy spots backed by award-winning chefs, tried-and-true small-town standbys, and pantheons of fine dining worthy of foodies pilgrimages. Usa Today Network, USA TODAY, 15 Feb. 2024 Birkenstock Arizona Leather Sandals This classic Birkenstock sandal silhouette is tried-and-true for a reason. Alexandra Domrongchai, Travel + Leisure, 16 Feb. 2024 Though Amazon is dropping all eight episodes as a binge release, Sloane and Glover have constructed a series that, like Peacock’s great Poker Face, follows a tried-and-true Case of the Week structure, and one laden with fabulous guest stars. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 1 Feb. 2024 Fashion’s instinctual reaction to moments like this one is to retract and revert to the tried-and-true, and few of Owens’s peers have his instincts for iconoclasm. José Criales-Unzueta, Vogue, 25 Jan. 2024 Among the ample stands, tried-and-true favorites include Le Traiteur Marocain for merguez-laden tagine and thick pita bread, and famed sandwich shop Chez Alain Miam Miam (whose perennially long lines have prompted the opening of another shop around the corner on Rue Charlot). Sophie Dodd, Travel + Leisure, 31 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1792, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tried-and-true was in 1792

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“Tried-and-true.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tried-and-true. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: known to be reliable
a tried-and-true friend
a tried-and-true remedy
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