noun tes·ta·ment \ˈtes-tə-mənt\

: 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

a archaic :  a covenant between God and the human race
b capitalized :  either of two main divisions of the Bible
a :  a tangible proof or tribute
b :  an expression of conviction :  creed
a :  an act by which a person determines the disposition of his or her property after death
b :  will
tes·ta·men·ta·ry \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


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

Other Bible Terms

antediluvian, apocalyptic, apocrypha, behemoth
TESTAMENTARY Defined for Kids


noun tes·ta·ment \ˈte-stə-mənt\

Definition of TESTAMENT for Kids

:  either of two main parts (Old Testament and New Testament) of the Bible
:  2will 4
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