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

Other Words from testament

testamentary \ ˌte-​stə-​ˈmen-​tə-​rē How to pronounce testament (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 The memorial is a testament to the ways Richard's legacy is helping to change things for the better. Diane Herbst, Peoplemag, 4 Aug. 2022 That line is a testament to the vulgarity of the old studio moguls (plenty of great movies have messages), yet there’s a certain stubborn truth in it. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 3 Aug. 2022 That he was killed in Kabul is a testament to not only the porous border between the two countries but also to Al Qaeda’s decades-long use of facilities, houses, buildings and compounds throughout both countries, a U.S. official said. New York Times, 1 Aug. 2022 While the core expression of Laphroaig’s whiskey lineup stands at a decade old, the new entry in the annual Càirdeas series is a testament to the fact that whisky aged for just a few years less than that can be very good too. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 31 July 2022 And the music’s lyrics and loose-limbed grooves are a testament to that. Robin Givhan, Washington Post, 29 July 2022 Beneath the clock tower, the building is a testament to the rhythms of daily life in Dover. Thomas Farragher, BostonGlobe.com, 29 July 2022 That the patient count, while rising, has remained relatively low in the face of high transmission is a testament to how the pandemic has changed. Luke Money, Los Angeles Times, 21 July 2022 That the concerto’s few weak points stick out — a slack string canon opening and a third movement with fake-out endings that march on far too long — is a testament to Childs overall achievement. Hannah Edgar, Chicago Tribune, 18 July 2022 See More

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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 14 Aug. 2022.

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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 testament (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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