Definition of Tristan

1. Noun. (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.

Exact synonyms: Tristram
Category relationships: Fable, Legend, Dark Ages, Middle Ages
Generic synonyms: Character, Fictional Character, Fictitious Character

Definition of Tristan

1. Proper noun. (Celtic male given name). ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Tristan

Triplochiton scleroxcylon
Tristan Tzara
Tristan chord
Tristan chords
Tristan da Cunha
Triticum aestivum
Triticum aestivum spelta
Triticum dicoccum
Triticum dicoccum dicoccoides
Triticum durum
Triticum spelta
Triticum turgidum
Triton X 100

Literary usage of Tristan

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Sir Tristrem: A Metrical Romance of the Thirteenth Centuryby Thomas, George P. McNeill, of Erceldoune Thomas by Thomas, George P. McNeill, of Erceldoune Thomas (1811)
"The Scottish version ascribed to Thomas of Erceldoune; based on the original of Thomas, Anglo-Norman poet."

2. Modern Music and Musicians by Louis Charles Elson (1918)
"tristan UND ISOLDE Lyric Drama in three acts by Richard Wagner. ''Г* HE first act represents the deck of a ship, where •1 we lind the two principal persons, ..."

3. The Victrola Book of the Opera: Stories of the Operas with Illustrations by Samuel Holland Rous, Victor Talking Machine Company (1921)
"M or old is slain and tristan badly wounded. He is nursed by Isolde, ... tristan, however, is loyal to Mark and brings her with him to Cornwall. ..."

4. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and (1911)
"Inspiring as the tristan story is, it seems improbable that it should have been ... There also exists in two manuscripts a short poem, La Folie tristan, ..."

5. The Victor Book of the Opera by Henry William Simon (1915)
"tristan is one of the most popular of legendary heroes and has been treated of ... Wagner's tristan und Isolde was first presented in Munich, June 10, 1865. ..."

6. The History of Fiction: Being a Critical Account of the Most Celebrated by John Colin Dunlop (1876)
"tristan, penetrated with inexpressible grief, exclaimed, " Haa doulce had appointed. tristan had already retired, | amye a Dieu vous command—Jamais ne me ..."

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