[ trist, trahyst ]
/ trɪst, traɪst /


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 forms

tryst·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for tryst

British Dictionary definitions for tryst


/ (trɪst, traɪst) archaic, or literary /


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 Forms

tryster, 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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