[trist, trahyst]


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 formstryst·er, noun

Synonyms for tryst

1, 2. assignation. 1–3. rendezvous. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for tryst

Contemporary Examples of tryst

Historical Examples of tryst

  • Now, all of us brothers have sworn to deliver that message, and to see that you keep the tryst.

    Fair Margaret

    H. Rider Haggard

  • No tryst this, believe us, but a scene pathetic, more sacred.

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani

  • We are overdue now for my tryst with this new governor at New Chicago!

    The Space Rover

    Edwin K. Sloat

  • I saw, therefore, that I was not the first at the tryst, and I hastened on in all speed.

    That Boy Of Norcott's

    Charles James Lever

  • She hastened away in a flutter, feeling slightly as if she had been to a tryst.

    In a Little Town

    Rupert Hughes

British Dictionary definitions for tryst



an appointment to meet, esp secretly
the place of such a meeting or the meeting itself


(intr) to meet at or arrange a tryst
Derived Formstryster, noun

Word Origin for tryst

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 tryst

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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