\ 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 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 Owning his birthright as the second son, Benedict (Luke Thompson) experiments with a bohemian lifestyle as an artist, gets intrigued by gay men, but opts for a tryst with the modiste instead. Zoe Haylock, Vulture, "Bridgertons, Ranked," 12 Jan. 2021 In fact, at the Giorgio Armani dinner where Carey first met Jeter (a few weeks before their tryst), there is an open conversation about whether Carey’s Blackness is visible at all. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, "Mariah Carey, Elusive No More," 4 Oct. 2020 Cutout cookies, in all kinds of shapes (Dalmatians, emojis, seahorses, unicorns), butter cream cookie sandwiches, oatmeal raisin cookies and something a called a brookie (a brownie-cookie tryst). Matt Wake |, al, "New Huntsville gelateria and dessert shop is a family affair," 24 Sep. 2020 After Nomi's tryst with Zack (Kyle MacLachlan) leads to her becoming Cristal's understudy, Cristal is not pleased. Andrea Wurzburger,, "In Honor of Its 25th Anniversary: The Most Memorable Lines from Showgirls," 23 Sep. 2020 Their night together — which plays out over almost a quarter of the novel — is a chaste tryst of refined conversation and anguished reflection. Washington Post, "In ‘Jack,’ Marilynne Robinson’s fourth Gilead novel, a lost soul embarks on an impossible love affair," 21 Sep. 2020 But there were rumors among courthouse workers of a tryst between Aubrey, Gentry and Penrose. Scott Wartman, The Enquirer, "Dawn Gentry secretary: No threesome, just a prank," 12 Aug. 2020 Some 41 million years ago, a pair of flies locked in a tender tryst was interrupted by a falling glob of tree resin. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Researchers Find Two Fornicating Flies Enshrined in 41-Million-Year-Old Amber," 6 Apr. 2020 When season 2 left off, Midge had also betrayed her perfect-on-paper new fiancé, Jewish surgeon Benjamin (Zachary Levi), for a tryst with estranged husband Joel (Michael Zegen). Jen Juneau,, "Rachel Brosnahan Shares BTS Photo from The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Ahead of Season 3 Premiere," 5 Dec. 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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25 Jan 2021

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“Tryst.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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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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