\ˈtrist, 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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Other Words from tryst


tryster \ ˈtri-​stər , ˈtrī-​ \ noun

Examples of tryst in a Sentence


both lovers had to hurry to keep their noontime tryst in the park

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In February, on the day a story revealed an alleged 2006 tryst by the President with a Playboy model, the first lady again traveled separately to Andrews Air Force Base, rather than walk across the South Lawn with her husband to board Marine One. Kate Bennett, CNN, "Melania Trump's popularity jumps in new CNN poll," 7 May 2018 Daniels signed a nondisclosure agreement to stay silent about the 2006 tryst (which the president denies) in exchange for $130,000 (which Daniels offered to return). Editors, USA TODAY, "March for Our Lives, Elite Eight, Stormy Daniels on '60 Minutes': 5 things to know this weekend," 24 Mar. 2018 But the tryst was discovered, the parents put a stop to it, and his classmate eventually married someone else. Simon Denyer, Washington Post, "TOO MANY MEN," 18 Apr. 2018 Still, no act of passion is more iconic than a tryst on the sand or in the waves., "Sex On The Beach Movie Scenes To Copy This Summer," 11 June 2018 The two actors had a tryst offscreen yet never on, though the characters’ passion for one another was palpable even in old age during The Force Awakens — before Han was offed by his kid Kylo Ren. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "We've got a good feeling about this: It's time for 'Star Wars' to have a sex scene," 30 May 2018 Even if the statute of limitations has expired on many of those secrets, don’t expect much in the way of saucy revelations, unless ancient tales about JFK and Marilyn Monroe’s trysts can still shock. Peter Keough,, "Class counts at the Carlyle," 10 May 2018 Marcy has been flattened, to be specific, by the hulking weight of her senior citizen boyfriend, who has died during their secret tryst. Beth Kephart,, "Frances Metzman's 'Cha-Cha Babes of Pelican Bay': The rules of dancing, life, and rocking thongs in a retirement village," 6 July 2018 In January, a story in the Wall Street Journal first revealed that Michael Cohen, Trump’s attorney paid Daniels $130,000 in hush money to stay quiet about a brief tryst in 2006. Ryan Smith, Chicago Reader, "News / Politics / The Trump Era Stormy Daniels storms out of Chicago strip club: 'I got fired,' she says as weekend shows appear canceled," 15 June 2018

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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English Language Learners Definition of tryst

: a meeting by lovers at a secret time or place

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playful or foolish behavior

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