\ 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

Other Words from tryst


tryster \ ˈtri-​stər How to pronounce tryst (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 The possibility of such a tryst has been the subject of some discussion among those involved with my trip, including my editor and the museum director, which has left me a little squeamish, not to mention embarrassed. Sam Lipsyte, Harper’s Magazine , 27 Apr. 2022 The album rises and crashes with Syd’s emotions; its lilting, lovelorn alt-blues trace the arc of a tryst gone sour. Sheldon Pearce, The New Yorker, 14 Apr. 2022 There was later an allegation that Thompson had a tryst with family friend Jordyn Woods. Lisa Respers France, CNN, 7 Apr. 2022 After a tryst with her secret lover, Paul Sheringham (Josh O’Connor), Jane Fairchild (Odessa Young), a housemaid from a nearby manor, finds herself alone, wandering through the empty rooms of Paul’s home. Emily Zemler, Los Angeles Times, 25 Mar. 2022 At the time, the pair were engaging in a very public and ridiculously over-the-top tryst that has since ended. Brittany Spanos, Rolling Stone, 23 Feb. 2022 But Hot Lips — whose nickname originated from a passionate tryst broadcast over a military camp P.A. system — proved to be Kellerman's most indelible role. Oliver Gettell,, 24 Feb. 2022 An acclaimed novelist returns to her hometown for refuge after her latest book bombs, but a tryst with her old flame leads to its own messy situation. Washington Post, 11 Feb. 2022 The financial transactions suggest that the money, given by Texas donors, was instead being used to pay for a romantic tryst, including payments to the woman’s apartment complex and cash bail to help her after she was picked up on a warrant. Kate Mcgee, San Antonio Express-News, 16 Feb. 2022 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, 3 Mar. 2016 See More

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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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1 May 2022

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“Tryst.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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