verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
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Origin of tryst
OTHER WORDS FROM trysttryster, noun
Words nearby tryst
What does tryst mean?
A tryst is an appointment made to meet at a specific place and time, especially one made in secret by lovers, as in The two employees arranged a tryst for meeting secretly after work.
Tryst is also the meeting itself or the place where the meeting will happen, as in Paul snuck out of his room and headed to the tryst.
Uncommonly, tryst can be used as a verb to mean to plan a meeting, as in Romeo and Juliet met outside the balcony and secretly trysted.
Example: The married businessman denied all accusations that he had had a secret tryst with one of his female business partners.
Where does tryst come from?
The first records of tryst come from around 1325. It comes from the Old French triste, meaning a “lookout post” or “hunting station.” A distinguishing landmark like a lookout post would be an easy spot for hunters to find in order to meet up with each other. This kind of meeting was unlikely to result in romance—for the hunters or the hunted.
Today, the word tryst is often used in gossip articles or news stories about shocking love affairs. Because the word tryst is so often used to specifically mean secret romantic meetings, it is usually used when one of the people involved wants to keep the romance a secret, such as because they are in a relationship with someone else.
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How is tryst used in real life?
Tryst is most often used to refer to secret romantic meetings.
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After photos of the romantic date emerged, the singer admitted he had arranged a tryst with the lead guitarist.
How to use tryst in a sentence
As someone who doesn’t relish cooking, my tryst with bebinca felt momentous.How I Tried (and Failed) And Tried Again to Master the Goan Bebinca Cake|Joanna Lobo|April 1, 2021|Eater
Or when in the midst of an uncomfortably aggressive tryst, Franklin forced Tara to take a bite out of his jugular.‘True Blood’ Premiere: Is Sex the Only Reason We’re Still Watching?|Kevin Fallon|June 14, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Their tryst, however, is broken up several times by messages playing from the answering machine and never comes to fruition.Some of the Juiciest Bits of ‘Rodham,’ the Hillary Clinton Movie Biopic: Sex, Scandal, More|Marlow Stern|May 13, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The video follows the twosome on their romantic tryst, from canoodling in bed to riding carefree in a convertible.Psy, Macklemore & More of the Best Music Videos of the Week (VIDEO)|Jean Trinh|April 19, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Did the controversial stairwell tryst on Thursday night's 'Reign' premiere leave you hot and bothered?The 'Reign' Steamy Stairwell Shocker & TV’s 13 Dirtiest Sex Scenes (VIDEO)|Kevin Fallon|October 11, 2012|DAILY BEAST
To LaVette, their affair was a tryst, but Redding wanted to marry her, even though his girlfriend at home was pregnant.Speed Read: 8 Juiciest Bits From R&B Diva Bettye LaVette’s Memoir ‘A Woman Like Me’|Kevin Fallon|September 18, 2012|DAILY BEAST
And, at this first tryst in the sunshine, she was to set our wedding day.The Reckoning|Robert W. Chambers
The priest, again consulted, advised compliance; and the man went trembling to the tryst.The Science of Fairy Tales|Edwin Sidney Hartland
But if it failed—well, it would break her heart, but she'd have to keep the tryst, no matter what it cost her.Mary Ware's Promised Land|Annie Fellows Johnston
Some day he might stumble upon some tryst, or open a letter, or overhear a gossip's careless word.What Will People Say?|Rupert Hughes
In Hawthornes Transformation some of the principal characters keep a tryst under this same statue.The Story of Perugia|Margaret Symonds