a preliminary performance or test of something, as of the operation of a ship or the effectiveness of a play.
DISCOVER THE INFLUENCE OF PORTUGUESE ON ENGLISH VIA THIS QUIZ!
We’ve gathered some interesting words donated to English from Portuguese … as well as some that just don’t translate at all. Do you know what they mean?
Question 1 of 11
Which of the following animal names traces its immediate origin to Portuguese?
Origin of trial run
First recorded in 1900–05
Words nearby trial run
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British Dictionary definitions for trial run
a test drive in a vehicle to assess its performance
a test or rehearsal of something new or untried to assess its effectiveness
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