tri·​er ˈtrī(-ə)r How to pronounce trier (audio)
: someone or something that tries
: an implement (such as a tapered hollow tube) used in obtaining samples of bulk material for examination and testing

Examples of trier in a Sentence

Even if she fails she's a real trier.
Recent Examples on the Web There are two freestyle terrain parks, Shakedown Progression Park and The Rush, for adventurous trick triers, plus a learning area dubbed The Zone. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 15 Nov. 2023 That will be up to the trier of fact. Maria Lencki, Fox News, 31 Dec. 2021 Still, our Miranda is a trier. Lanford Beard,, 9 Dec. 2021 If there was a legal determination that the defendant violated securities laws, the defendant would thereafter be barred in any shareholder suit from denying what a trier of fact has concluded. WSJ, 28 Jan. 2019 The American legal system utilizes the adversarial system: Both sides in a case present arguments as to the merits of their positions before the entity that will be settling the matter (the trier-of-fact such as a judge or jury). Suzanne Bell, Slate Magazine, 20 Apr. 2017 God loves a trier, and the man has certainly provided evidence so far that 78 seems a bit harsh., 17 Sep. 2017 Tough thing to prove, but apparently the judge was a trier of fact. Jamie Rosen, Town & Country, 13 Mar. 2013 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of trier was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Trier.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

Legal Definition


tri·​er ˈtrī-ər How to pronounce trier (audio)

Geographical Definition


geographical name

city in western Germany on the Moselle River near the border with Luxembourg population 106,000

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