testament

noun tes·ta·ment \ ˈtes-tə-mənt \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of testament

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

testamentary

play \ˌtes-tə-ˈmen-tə-rē, -ˈmen-trē\ adjective

Examples of testament in a Sentence

  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

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Origin and Etymology 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



TESTAMENT Defined for English Language Learners

testament

noun

Definition of testament for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

testament

noun tes·ta·ment \ ˈte-stə-mənt \

Definition of testament for Students

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

Law Dictionary

testament

noun tes·ta·ment \ ˈtes-tə-mənt \

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.

testamentary

play \ˌtes-tə-ˈmen-tə-rē\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of testament

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



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