testament

noun
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

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The success of Close’s current squad is a testament to her coaching ability. David Ginsburg, The Seattle Times, "No. 3 seed Maryland hosts surging UCLA in women’s NCAAs," 24 Mar. 2019 Outside its native country, Delvaux has observed a low-key profile for nearly 200 years, but that is starting to change—a new flagship in New York is a testament to its growing ambition. Olivia Martin, Town & Country, "Delvaux, the Brand Beloved by Belgian Royals and Lady Gaga Alike, Lands in NYC," 21 Mar. 2019 In the past, this meant drafting a will and testament, but our online identity also requires attention. Kim Komando, Fox News, "Bitcoin crashing, Netflix offline and more: Tech Q&A," 22 Sep. 2018 Electric motorcycle purveyor Zero unveiled the newest addition to its slate of connected bikes on Monday, and the SR/F is certainly a testament to the growing relationship between automobiles and operating systems. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Zero's New SR/F Electric Motorcycle Charges as Fast as Your Cell Phone," 25 Feb. 2019 Between a party at his Soho store and another at the Rainbow Room, the Wang spirit was almost unmissable—and the hangovers in the front rows were a testament to that. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Alexander Wang Didn’t Have a NYFW Show—This Is What He Did Instead," 16 Feb. 2019 While Fender is keeping info on the technology behind the finishes under wraps for the time being, the possibilities are alluring and the technology is a testament to Fender’s ethos of customization. Henry Robertson, Popular Mechanics, "Fender's 'Acoustasonic' Is a True Acoustic-Electric Hybrid Guitar," 22 Jan. 2019 Viertel, by contrast, kept on plugging away, then spun her experiences into an irresistible testament to her indomitable will to prevail. Terry Teachout, WSJ, "The Émigré Who Knew Everyone," 16 Jan. 2019 The ensemble was simple yet fresh, and a clear testament to Emma’s fashion sense. Gianluca Russo, Teen Vogue, "Emma Roberts Rocked Leopard Print Pants With a Corduroy Jacket," 28 Dec. 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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testament

noun

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

testament

noun
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

testament

noun
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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