tryst

[ trist, trahyst ]
/ trɪst, traɪst /

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. tryptophanase,
  2. tryptophane,
  3. tryptophanuria,
  4. trysail,
  5. trysail mast,
  6. trysting place,
  7. tryworks,
  8. trèves,
  9. trémie,
  10. ts

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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British Dictionary definitions for trysting

tryst

/ (trɪst, traɪst) archaic, or literary /

noun

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

verb

(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 trysting

tryst

n.

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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