[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.
verb (used with object)
  1. Chiefly Scot. to make an appointment or arrange a meeting with.
verb (used without object)
  1. 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

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1, 2. assignation. 1–3. rendezvous. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for trysting

Historical Examples of trysting

  • Or perhaps he had come by another way to the trysting place?

  • On the evening after his visit, the Canipers and Daniel went to the trysting place.

    Moor Fires

    E. H. (Emily Hilda) Young

  • She met Helen at the gate, who remembered the trysting hour.

    Helen and Arthur

    Caroline Lee Hentz

  • It was such an evening as one would select for trysting purposes.

  • All of them had ponies, so they could ride to the trysting place.

    The Cricket

    Marjorie Cooke

British Dictionary definitions for trysting


  1. an appointment to meet, esp secretly
  2. the place of such a meeting or the meeting itself
  1. (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



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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