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tryst

[trist, trahyst] /trɪst, traɪst/
noun
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)
4.
Chiefly Scot. to make an appointment or arrange a meeting with.
verb (used without object)
5.
Chiefly Scot. to make an appointment or agreement.
Origin of tryst
1325-1375
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
tryster, noun
Synonyms
1, 2. assignation. 1–3. rendezvous.
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  • The lady should have waved her kerchief in token of a tryst and cantered down the path to meet her cavalier.

    The Bastonnais John Lesperance
  • That was the way of women when the man was late at the tryst.

    The Dop Doctor Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • The melancholy Mabel will await the tryst without success, as far as this one is concerned.

  • The tryst seemed full of suspicion, and I certainly did not like it.

    The Golden Face William Le Queux
  • The only fear was lest the heiress should not be punctual to tryst.

    Shirley Charlotte Bront
British Dictionary definitions for tryst

tryst

/trɪst; traɪst/
noun
1.
an appointment to meet, esp secretly
2.
the place of such a meeting or the meeting itself
verb
3.
(intransitive) to meet at or arrange a tryst
Derived Forms
tryster, noun
Word Origin
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 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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