From Middle English trien, from Anglo-Norman trier, Old French trier, of uncertain origin. It is probably related to Italian tritare (see also French trier). Alternatively, believed to be a metathetic variation of Old French tirer, from Gothic 𐍄𐌹𐍂𐌰𐌽, from Proto-Germanic *teraną, from Proto-Indo-European *der-, see tear. Related to Occitan triar, although the Occitan verb could also be a borrowing from French. Alternatively or by confluence, the Old French is from Gallo-Roman Vulgar Latin *triare, of unknown origin.
Replaced native Middle English cunnen (from Old English cunnian), Middle English fandien (from Old English fandian), and Middle English costnien (from Old English costnian).
Probably from Old French trié.
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