\ 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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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

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 As Benjamin, the only white male in the office, is about to ascend, his coworkers take turns airing grievances, offering him congratulations, sneaking in final furtive trysts, and wondering aloud about the injustices of their respective fates. Dmitry Samarov, Chicago Reader, "Refrigerator is a chilling look into the near future," 25 May 2018 The money was paid to the same company, Essential Consultants, from which Cohen paid Daniels $130,000 shortly before the election not to talk about her alleged tryst with Trump. Fred Vogelstein, WIRED, "What Did AT&T Want From Michael Cohen?," 9 May 2018 Critics said the payment could represent a campaign finance violation because it was delivered 11 days before the election to keep Daniels quiet about her alleged tryst with Trump years ago. Chris Megerian,, "Attorney Emmet Flood, well-versed in White House scandals, takes President Trump as a client," 6 May 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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: a meeting by lovers at a secret time or place

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