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Saturday, September 23, 2000


\TRIST; TRYST\ , noun;
An appointment (as between lovers) to meet; also, an appointed place or time of meeting.
To mutually agree to meet at a certain place; to keep a tryst.
And it bothers me that I begin to worry if she's planning a tryst with my handsome neighbour.
-- Anita Nair, The Better Man
Having left a "Dear John" letter for her husband on the kitchen table, she set off to the airport, where she waited, and waited. Of course, Henry had entirely forgotten about the tryst, and she had to return home crestfallen.
-- "The serial seducer who took Amis's wife", Times (London), May 17, 2000
Once Nick goes into the kitchen to tryst with Martha, it is Ms. Kurtz's turn to let loose with some fireworks.
-- Frank Rich, Hot Seat: Theater Criticism for The New York Times, 1980-1993, 1980-1993
Scientists are hoping the cosmos will bear witness to a romantic rendezvous today as a spacecraft attempts a Valentine's Day "tryst" with an asteroid called Eros.
-- Nigel Hawkes, "Eros beckons spacecraft for cosmic tryst", Times (London), February 14, 2000
Tryst is from Middle English triste, tryste, "a station to which game was driven (in hunting)," from Old French triste, "a station to which game was driven, a watch post," probably of Scandinavian origin.
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