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[trist, trahyst] /trɪst, traɪst/
an appointment to meet at a certain time and place, especially one made somewhat secretly by lovers.
an appointed meeting.
an appointed place of meeting.
verb (used with object)
Chiefly Scot. to make an appointment or arrange a meeting with.
verb (used without object)
Chiefly Scot. to make an appointment or agreement.
Origin of tryst
1325-75; Middle English triste set hunting-station < Old French < Germanic; compare Gothic trausti agreement, arrangement, akin to Middle English trist confidence (Old English *tryst). See trow, trust
Related forms
tryster, noun
1, 2. assignation. 1–3. rendezvous. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for trysting
Historical Examples
  • Or perhaps he had come by another way to the trysting place?

  • On the evening after his visit, the Canipers and Daniel went to the trysting place.

    Moor Fires

    E. H. (Emily Hilda) Young
  • She met Helen at the gate, who remembered the trysting hour.

    Helen and Arthur Caroline Lee Hentz
  • It was such an evening as one would select for trysting purposes.

  • All of them had ponies, so they could ride to the trysting place.

    The Cricket Marjorie Cooke
  • The by-paths are many and the trysting places are secret—like this.

    More Portmanteau Plays Stuart Walker
  • So this is your trysting place, he said glancing about the grove.

    Peggy Owen at Yorktown Lucy Foster Madison
  • And tis no trysting place, interposed Peggy with some indignation.

    Peggy Owen at Yorktown Lucy Foster Madison
  • "But you said you were trysting with ghosts here this evening," said the Story Girl.

    The Golden Road Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • This is the grouse's love song that summons a mate to their trysting place.

British Dictionary definitions for trysting


/trɪst; traɪst/
an appointment to meet, esp secretly
the place of such a meeting or the meeting itself
(intransitive) to meet at or arrange a tryst
Derived Forms
tryster, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French triste lookout post, apparently of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse traust trust
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Word Origin and History for trysting



late 14c., from Old French tristre "appointed station in hunting," possibly from a Scandinavian source (cf. Old Norse treysta "to trust;" see trust (v.)).

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