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

1900–05, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase try out
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  • “Come over after supper and tell me about the tryouts,” said Helen.

  • “I will,” promised Margaret as she turned to the classroom where the tryouts were to be held.

  • Miss Williams called for tryouts for minor rôles first and Helen sent an anxious glance toward Janet and nodded toward the hall.

    Janet Hardy in Hollywood

    Ruthe S. Wheeler

Word Origin and History for tryouts



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

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