testament

noun
tes·​ta·​ment | \ ˈte-stə-mənt How to pronounce testament (audio) \

Definition of testament

1a : a tangible proof or tribute
b : an expression of conviction : creed
2a : an act by which a person determines the disposition of his or her property after death
b : will
3a capitalized : either of two main divisions of the Bible
b archaic : a covenant between God and the human race

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Other Words from testament

testamentary \ ˌte-​stə-​ˈmen-​tə-​rē How to pronounce testamentary (audio) , -​ˈmen-​trē \ adjective

Examples of testament in a Sentence

The success of the album, which is only available online, is a testament to the power of the Internet. a person's last will and testament

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The intimate connection and willingness to shake hands and greet as many hotties face to face as possible is just another testament to how Megan does things. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "I Went To A Megan Thee Stallion 'Hottie Party' And My Life Is Forever Changed," 7 June 2019 This is a testament to how seriously athletic departments at that time took women’s sports: Try imagining a man being hired to coach the men’s basketball team with no knowledge or experience. Dvorameyers, Longreads, "The Gymnast’s Position," 5 June 2019 The Dubs’ defensive strategy was a boon — the 18-0 third-quarter run that flipped the game was a testament. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, "Kurtenbach: The 3 big things to watch in Game 3 of the NBA Finals," 5 June 2019 That such numbers are extraordinary is in part testament to how far America lags on this issue. The Economist, "LexingtonWomen could be the undoing of Donald Trump," 17 Feb. 2018 His rise is a testament to changing American politics as well as his skill in packaging progressive policies and methods in a smooth, moderate persona. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Buttigieg Appeal," 4 Apr. 2019 Miletto’s story is just another testament to Venice casting its spell. Stellene Volandes, ELLE Decor, "Jeweler Antonia Miletto Leads a Fairy-Tale Existence in Her 16th-Century Townhouse in Venice," 17 Apr. 2019 That's just a testament to the depth Whitney Houston’s vocals can add to any melody. Natalie Maher, Harper's BAZAAR, "15 Love Songs That Will Sweep You Off Your Feet the Moment You Press Play," 9 Jan. 2019 Expensive Jeans The story is undeniably tragic, but an important testament to the failures of our criminal justice system. Hanna Lustig, Teen Vogue, "Ava Duvernay's "Central Park Five" Adds Jharrel Jerome and Jovan Adepo to Cast," 25 July 2018

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First Known Use of testament

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3b

History and Etymology for 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

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testament

noun

English Language Learners 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

testament

noun
tes·​ta·​ment | \ ˈte-stə-mənt How to pronounce testament (audio) \

Kids Definition of testament

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

testament

noun
tes·​ta·​ment | \ ˈtes-tə-mənt How to pronounce testament (audio) \

Legal Definition of testament

1 : an act by which a person determines the disposition of his or her property after death a testament of property
2 : will

Note: A testament was formerly concerned specifically with personal property, as in the phrase last will and testament. Now a will covers both personal and real property and the terms will and testament are generally synonymous, but the phrase lives on.

Other Words from testament

testamentary \ ˌtes-​tə-​ˈmen-​tə-​rē How to pronounce testamentary (audio) \ adjective

History and Etymology for testament

Latin testamentum, from testari to call as a witness, make a will, from testis witness

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