American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An agreement, as between lovers, to meet at a certain time and place.
- n. A meeting or meeting place that has been agreed on. See Synonyms at engagement.
- v. To keep a tryst.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as trust, in various senses.
- n. An appointment to meet; an appointed meeting: as, to keep tryst; to break tryst.
- n. An appointed place of meeting; a rendezvous.
- n. An appointed meeting for the exchange of commodities; a market: as, Falkirk tryst (a noted horse- and cattle-market held at Falkirk in Scotland).
- Same as trust, in various senses.
- To make an appointment to meet at a given time and place; engage to meet.
- To agree to meet at any particular time or place.
- n. A prearranged meeting or assignation, now especially between lovers to meet at a specific place and time.
- n. obsolete A mutual agreement, a covenant.
- v. intransitive To make a tryst; to agree to meet at a place.
- v. transitive To arrange or appoint (a meeting time etc.).
- v. intransitive To keep a tryst, to meet at an agreed place and time.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete Trust.
- n. Scot. or Poetic An appointment to meet; also, an appointed place or time of meeting.
- v. obsolete To trust.
- v. Scot. To agree with to meet at a certain place; to make an appointment with.
- v. Scot. To mutually agree to meet at a certain place.
- n. a secret rendezvous (especially between lovers)
- n. a date; usually with a member of the opposite sex
- From Middle English tryst, trist, a variant (due to the Old Norse verb treysta ("to make safe, secure")) of trust, trost, from Old Norse traust ("confidence, trust, security, help, shelter, safe abode"), from Proto-Germanic *traustan (“trust, shelter”), from Proto-Indo-European *deru-, *dreu-, *drū- (“to be firm, be solid”). More at trust. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English trist, from Old French triste, a waiting place (in hunting); see deru- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“New York tabloids jumped on what one called his tryst fund, and in an interview with Katie Couric, Rudy cried foul.”
“In the middle of the studio a large wooden canvas painted blue with a black lined pulp inspired tryst is lifted by three studio assistants to rest on blocks against the wall so that it's bottom can be painted.”
“Mr. Bush’s tryst is said to involve Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.”
“Their hushed face-to-face, in which we learn their tryst was a one-nighter, is fraught with concern over Alicia.”
“Zuma insists she implicitly asked for it and called the tryst consensual.”
“You can call their tryst and its consequences a metaphor of two generations of Germans passing guilt from one to the next, but that doesn't explain why filmmakers Daldry and Hare luxuriated in the sex scenes -- and why it's so tastefully done audiences won't see it for the child pornography it is.”
“Our tryst was a cave where a little water called the Dyve Burn had cut its way through the cliffs to the sea.”
“Y: Moses said: "Your tryst is the Day of the Festival, and let the people be assembled when the sun is well up.”
“Padre, that the failure of the prince to keep our tryst was the biggest disappointment and the sharpest humiliation of my life.”
“To the majority of MCA's 2,300-odd delegates, Dr Chua's so-called tryst was a non-judgmental concern to begin with even as people denounce his morality.”
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