\ ˈtrist How to pronounce tryst (audio) , especially British ˈtrīst \

Definition of tryst

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an agreement (as between lovers) to meet
2 : an appointed meeting or meeting place


trysted; trysting; trysts

Definition of tryst (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to make or keep a tryst

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tryster \ ˈtri-​stər How to pronounce tryster (audio) , ˈtrī-​ \ noun

Examples of tryst in a Sentence

Noun both lovers had to hurry to keep their noontime tryst in the park
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Colette’s perfection is a false front, of course, and pretty soon Addy is not only babysitting for her but covering for her during her sweaty trysts with Will (Zach Roerig), the sergeant in charge of the recruiting office. Mike Hale, New York Times, "Review: In ‘Dare Me,’ Cheerleading Is Murder," 26 Dec. 2019 Meanwhile, David struggled over his recent tryst with Renee (Renée Elise Goldsberry). Darren Franich,, "Evil showrunners talk David's fate, that mass shooter plotline, and season 1's mysteries," 13 Dec. 2019 The hush money Trump paid to keep his trysts with a Playboy Playmate and an adult film actress secret from voters were revealed after his inauguration. Amanda Carpenter, Time, "Trump's Treatment of Women Was His Original Abuse of Power," 30 Oct. 2019 The risky tryst led to Cold War hysteria and the resignation of various members of Parliament, including the prime minister. Los Angeles Times, "All 59 people name-dropped in Billy Joel’s ‘We Didn’t Start the Fire’: Where are they now?," 26 Sep. 2019 Polanski, whom Tate had first met at a party in London, was domineering and often on the road with a film, frequenting clubs and, according to a number of accounts, orchestrating trysts. Jeffrey Fleishman,, "How Sharon Tate transfixed Hollywood, 50 years before ‘Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood’," 26 July 2019 Along the way, Daniels filed a defamation suit over the president’s response to her allegation that she was threatened to keep quiet about a purported 2006 tryst. Washington Post, "Trump and women: A look at lawsuits he has faced in office," 5 Nov. 2019 Bill Clinton’s trysts with a White House intern were so appalling that, if acknowledged early on, he probably wouldn’t have survived. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "Impeachment Is Unpredictable," 2 Nov. 2019 Other witnesses have also said that Fennell was angry over the alleged tryst and had threatened to kill her prior to the murder, according to the Innocence Project. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, "Rihanna, Kim Kardashian, others ask Texas governor to stop execution of Rodney Reed," 5 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb That's according to model Bianca Ghezzi, who recently trysted with the beleaguered Cleveland Browns quarterback at a luxury villa in Miami Beach. Greg Rajan, Esquire, "Johnny Manziel's Latest Flame Says He's 'Having a Tough Time of It'," 3 Mar. 2016

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First Known Use of tryst


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tryst


Middle English triste appointed station for hunters, probably from trist, trust confidence, trust

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The first known use of tryst was in the 14th century

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5 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Tryst.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of tryst

literary : a meeting by lovers at a secret time or place

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