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[trist, trahyst]
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  1. an appointment to meet at a certain time and place, especially one made somewhat secretly by lovers.
  2. an appointed meeting.
  3. an appointed place of meeting.
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verb (used with object)
  1. Chiefly Scot. to make an appointment or arrange a meeting with.
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verb (used without object)
  1. Chiefly Scot. to make an appointment or agreement.
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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


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1, 2. assignation. 1–3. rendezvous.
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  • 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


  1. an appointment to meet, esp secretly
  2. the place of such a meeting or the meeting itself
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  1. (intr) to meet at or arrange a tryst
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Derived Formstryster, noun

Word Origin

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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