• Pertaining to a trial or test.
  • Attempted on a provisional or experimental basis.
  • Characterized by having three (usually equivalent) components.
  • Triple.
  • Pertaining to a language form referring to three of something, like people; contrast singular, dual and plural. (See Ambai language for an example.)


  • To carry out a series of tests on (a new product, procedure etc.) before marketing or implementing it.
  • To try out (a new player) in a sports team.


  • From Middle English trial, triall, from Anglo-Norman trial, triel, from trier + -al. More at English try.
  • From Latin tri- (stem of tr─ôs) + -al, on the pattern of dual.

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