tes·​ta·​ment | \ˈte-stə-mənt \

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 , -​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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And that’s a testament to Clarkson’s skill as an actress. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Sharp Objects wraps small-town murder clichés in an irresistibly glossy package," 9 July 2018 And how valuable the running back position is, that’s a testament to them. Zak Keefer, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Do the Colts still have a shot at Saquon Barkley?," 20 Mar. 2018 The invaluable Lois Smith isn’t ready to write her last will and testament. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "11 Plays and Musicals to Go to in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 17 May 2018 At his home, agents found guns, empty magazines, a letter lauding ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and Jameson's last will and testament. Lisa Rose, CNN, "US has 1,000 open ISIS investigations but a steep drop in prosecutions," 16 May 2018 This book is clearly intended to be his last testimony and last political will and testament. David M. Shribman, BostonGlobe.com, "John McCain fears for America and thinks you should too," 16 May 2018 Walt Disney’s last will and testament, a 23-page document signed by Walt Disney himself. Dewayne Bevil, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Ellen DeGeneres animatronic going up for auction," 19 Apr. 2018 And while some listeners still hope that Turner will snap out of it, Tranquility is a testament to the band’s ever-evolving nature, proving that reinvention might be the key to longevity. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 50 Best Albums of 2018 (So Far): Critics' Picks," 5 June 2018 Even the notion that Facebook ads could have affected the 2016 election is a testament to the company’s influence. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Facebook is full of could-be CEOs — but no one ever leaves," 22 May 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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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 \

Kids Definition of testament

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


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.

Other Words from testament

testamentary \ ˌtes-​tə-​ˈmen-​tə-​rē \ 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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