attestation

noun
at·​tes·​ta·​tion | \ ˌa-ˌte-ˈstā-shən How to pronounce attestation (audio) , ˌa-tə-ˈstā- \
plural attestations

Definition of attestation

1 : an act or instance of attesting something: such as
a : a proving of the existence of something through evidence … a complete and formal attestation of your innocence.— Edward Bulwer-Lytton
b : an official verification of something as true or authentic the notary's attestation of the will
2 : the proof or evidence by which something (such as the usage of a word) is attested the earliest attestation of the term in print

First Known Use of attestation

1560, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about attestation

Time Traveler for attestation

Time Traveler

The first known use of attestation was in 1560

See more words from the same year

Statistics for attestation

Cite this Entry

“Attestation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/attestation. Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on attestation

What made you want to look up attestation? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

More Confusing Words—Quiz

  • cats on impossible timber
  • The magician ______ moved the selected card to the top of the deck.
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!