American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Variant of Tristan.
- n. (Middle Ages) the nephew of the king of Cornwall who (according to legend) fell in love with his uncle's bride (Iseult) after they mistakenly drank a love potion that left them eternally in love with each other
“Since Tristram is much more knowledgeable about computers than I am, I needed to know how to go about it.”
“Dissertation simply upon the word Tristram, — shewing the world, with great candour and modesty, the grounds of his great abhorrence to the name.”
“It only remained that he should have published a book in defence of the belief, and sure enough “in the year sixteen,” two years before the birth of his second son, “he was at the pains of writing an express dissertation simply upon the word Tristram, showing the world with great candour and modesty the grounds of his great abhorrence to the name.””
“That’d put a hole in Tristram’s pride if it was brought up later.”
“Whether he would take upon him to say, he had ever remembered, — whether he had ever read, — or even whether he had ever heard tell of a man, called Tristram, performing any thing great or worth recording? —”
“Meliodas, that when he is christened let call him Tristram, that is as much to say as a sorrowful birth.”
“And because I shall die of the birth of thee, I charge thee, gentlewoman, that thou pray my lord, King Meliodas, that when he is christened let call him Tristram, that is as much to say as a sorrowful birth.”
“Meanwhile, keep a parent's eye upon your son (he's called Tristram), for through him your reward will be attained.”
“The king was moved at the distress of the fair Isoude, and perhaps the idea of Tristram's death tended to allay his wrath.”
“Mr Gay added: "I decided to change my first name too because although I am called Tristram people always call me Tristan.”
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