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
Recent Examples on the Web Even after my 15-minute travel time, the meal held up, a testament to the engineering that goes into McDonald’s food. Grace Wong, chicagotribune.com, "We tried Travis Scott’s meal collaboration with McDonald’s. The verdict? It’s an improvement in every way.," 10 Sep. 2020 Halle Berry becoming the first (and only) Black woman to win a Best Actress Oscar, in 2002, was both an affirmation of her excellence and a testament to Hollywood’s racist history. Lenika Cruz, The Atlantic, "The Real Meaning of BTS’s Chart-Topping Single," 2 Sep. 2020 In a testament to how thinly spread resources are right now, many residents and vineyard owners relied on their own knowledge and equipment to remove brush in hopes of stopping spreading fires. Chronicle Staff, SFChronicle.com, "California Wildfires: Live updates from August 27-28," 30 Aug. 2020 And this week, one team wore shirts with seven bullet holes in the back, a testament to the fate that befell Jacob Blake in Wisconsin. Eryn Mathewson And Leah Asmelash, CNN, "Fighting for social justice is in the WNBA's DNA," 29 Aug. 2020 For a company whose heritage is firmly entrenched in racing, that’s a testament to the popularity of the Wing. Popular Science, "10 classic motorcycles to drool over," 29 Aug. 2020 The first of its kind ever excavated in Israel, the coin offers a rare testament to economic ties between two empires that were often at odds. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Israeli Teens Discover Trove of 1,100-Year-Old Gold Coins," 26 Aug. 2020 Hispanic parents may have resentment toward Trump over the immigration issue, but in Chicago at least, many take advantage of charter schools — a testament to the fact that traditional public schools don’t work for them. John Kass, Star Tribune, "How Trump became the education president," 26 Aug. 2020 But his first term is a stark testament to his ability to reshape the executive branch to carry out his whims. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Donald Trump Declares Total War on the Civil Service," 25 Aug. 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/testament. Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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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


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


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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