a trial or test to ascertain fitness for some purpose.
Theater. performances of a play in preparation for an official opening, often taking place away from a major theatrical center.

Origin of tryout

1900–05, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase try out Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of tryout

Historical Examples of tryout

  • And if anybody asks you about him, he's only in there for a tryout.

    Old Man Curry

    Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan

  • If he was to be poisoned, it likely would be done shortly before the tryout.

  • Thus he grudgingly gave us a chance for a tryout; and he was surprised indeed.


    Victor Endersby

  • Men from every important college in the country competed in the tryout.

    Still Jim

    Honor Willsie Morrow

  • But please be advised by me and let me give you the tryout first when I am sure you are ready for it.

Word Origin and History for tryout

also try-out, by 1900, from phrase to try out "to examine, test," attested by 1785.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper