\ 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


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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The 42-year-old actor—famous for his brooding stare, his peppered facial hair, a one-off tryst with Britney Spears, and his overall bad boy demeanor—was spotted today in New York City. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Forever Heartthrob Colin Farrell Is Polished in a Suit and Sneakers," 26 Mar. 2019 Normal People is the story of Marianne and Connell, classmates who have a semisecret tryst that begins in their senior year of high school and carries on (on and off) throughout college. Samantha Leac, Glamour, "It’s Time to Put a Stop to ‘In-Betweenships’," 19 Apr. 2019 In this episode, B.I.G. has an after-hours tryst with a woman who happens to be involved with a player from the Knicks, who’s playing against the Utah Jazz that night. Brian Josephs, Billboard, "The Notorious B.I.G.'s 25 Best Songs: Critic's Picks," 21 May 2018 Dating, discreetly, has been common for years among the liberal elites, and with the religious police now defanged, men and women can meet for trysts — the woman’s face concealed — in the family sections of many of Riyadh’s upscale cafes. Washington Post, "Saudi women on the front line of change," 17 June 2018 Another Marine officer, who was stationed on a Navy ship after 9/11, told me that a female officer had regular trysts with an enlisted sailor in the engine room. Heather Mac Donald, WSJ, "Women Don’t Belong in Combat Units," 13 Jan. 2019 Trump is chatting with a guy named Ed (Bill McHugh), an elderly man who Samantha has a tryst with in the episode., "Sex And The City," 6 June 2018 Stormy surfaces As the McDougal deal came together, another woman was shopping her story of an alleged tryst with Mr. Trump. Rebecca Ballhaus, WSJ, "Donald Trump Played Central Role in Hush Payoffs to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal," 9 Nov. 2018 An actual tryst requires people to be physically present in the same place, but foreplay can happen anytime, anywhere – and the faithful may have no idea. Kim Komando, Fox News, "8 clever ways that tech can reveal a cheating spouse," 15 Sep. 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

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

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to take the place or position of

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