- 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
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Examples from the Web for tryout
For his tryout, he performed a bit about the three types of people you always see on Law and Order.Is John Mulaney the Next Seinfeld?
October 5, 2014
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.A Yankee Flier Over Berlin
Thus he grudgingly gave us a chance for a tryout; and he was surprised indeed.Disowned
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.The Art of Stage Dancing
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