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 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 relaxation of rules starting May 19 is a testament to the fact that coronavirus cases are down and vaccination rates are rising, offering a chance to jump-start the recovery in a region that became a center of the global pandemic last spring. New York Times, "New York Region to Accelerate Reopening, Raising Hopes and Anxiety," 3 May 2021 The 50-point game by Houston’s Kevin Porter Jr. on Thursday against the Bucks was a testament to the Rockets’ patience with the second-year player who has had his share of problems but also the talent to become a franchise cornerstone. BostonGlobe.com, "Who will emerge as the top dog in the NBA’s Eastern Conference? There’s no easy answer," 1 May 2021 This vegetable is a testament to the long winters behind us and the incredible growing season to come. Beth Segal, cleveland, "The Chef’s Garden Cookbook: How farmer Lee Jones evolved from Ohio hayseed to international microgreen king," 30 Apr. 2021 The leaning tower of Pisa in Italy is a testament to leaders. Dr. Richard Osibanjo, Forbes, "The Leader’s Edge: 5 Building Blocks For Organizational Success," 28 Apr. 2021 Steve Linde, a longtime friend of Bingham and editor of the Jerusalem Report, wrote in an email that Bingham attaining the Guinness World Record is a testament to his persistence. Sam Sokol, sun-sentinel.com, "97-year-old British-Israeli man holds Guinness record as world’s oldest journalist," 28 Apr. 2021 Her work is a testament to the importance of preparedness, especially in the face of adversity. Jennifer Nalewicki, Smithsonian Magazine, "Thirty-Five Years Later, a First Responder at the Chernobyl Disaster Looks Back," 27 Apr. 2021 After Blackwell's funeral, Tim Jensen, who was her basketball coach, said the number of people attending was a a testament to the impact Blackwell had on others. Mj Slaby, The Indianapolis Star, "Samaria Blackwell, killed in FedEx shooting, is laid to rest," 26 Apr. 2021 Nomadland would have been nominated in any regular year, but its steady spot at the top of the prediction charts in this has been a testament to how unusual the films that ended up in the conversation really were. Alison Willmore, Vulture, "The 2021 Oscars Were a Film Production That Ran Out of Money," 26 Apr. 2021

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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 16 May. 2021.

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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 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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