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testament

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noun tes·ta·ment \ˈtes-tə-mənt\

Simple Definition of testament

  • : proof or evidence that something exists or is true

  • law : the legal instructions in which you say who should receive your property, possessions, etc., after you die

Full Definition of testament

  1. 1a archaic :  a covenant between God and the human raceb capitalized :  either of two main divisions of the Bible

  2. 2a :  a tangible proof or tributeb :  an expression of conviction :  creed

  3. 3a :  an act by which a person determines the disposition of his or her property after deathb :  will

tes·ta·men·ta·ry play \ˌtes-tə-ˈmen-tə-rē, -ˈmen-trē\ adjective

Examples of testament

  1. The success of the album, which is only available online, is a testament to the power of the Internet.

  2. a person's last will and testament



Origin of testament

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin & Latin; Late Latin testamentum covenant with God, holy scripture, from Latin, last will, from testari to be a witness, call to witness, make a will, from testis witness; akin to Latin tres three & to Latin stare to stand; from the witness's standing by as a third party in a litigation — more at three, stand


First Known Use: 14th century



TESTAMENT Defined for Kids

testament

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noun tes·ta·ment \ˈte-stə-mənt\

Definition of testament

  1. 1 :  either of two main parts (Old Testament and New Testament) of the Bible

  2. 2 :  2will 4





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