testimonial

noun
tes·​ti·​mo·​ni·​al | \ ˌte-stə-ˈmō-nē-əl How to pronounce testimonial (audio) , -nyəl\

Definition of testimonial

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a statement testifying to benefits received
b : a character reference : letter of recommendation
2 : an expression of appreciation : tribute

testimonial

adjective

Definition of testimonial (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or constituting testimony
2 : expressive of appreciation or esteem a testimonial dinner

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Adjective

In 1639, Scottish poet William Drummond responded to the political scene of his day by writing a facetious set of new laws, among them that "no man wear a . . . periwig, unless he have a testimonial from a town-clerk, that he is either bald, sickly, or asham'd of white hairs." Testimonials take different forms, but always, like in Drummond's recommended law, they provide affirmation or evidence. (Our word traces to Latin testimonium, meaning "evidence, witness.") In the 19th century, a gift presented to someone as a public expression of appreciation for service rendered became the newest version of a testimonial. Then, it was likely to be a statue or portrait. In the 20th century, we came up with testimonial dinners to show our appreciation or esteem. Testimonials (usually solicited) that endorse products or services are also a 20th-century phenomenon.

Examples of testimonial in a Sentence

Noun

He received a glowing testimonial from his former employer. her performance in this tournament has been a testimonial to the dedication and talent she brings to the tennis court

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The site features testimonials from people who credit Whole30 with changing their lives and improving their health. Gray Chapman, SELF, "A Nightmare About Nachos Made Me Realize That Dieting Was Causing Me Food Anxiety," 27 Mar. 2019 One thing that really stood out to me in the book was how many people's testimonials were about how much the KonMari Method changed their lives—literally. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying Up," 15 Jan. 2019 Anecdotal endorsements and testimonials are often the only leg that fad diets have to stand on. Abby Langer, SELF, "Most Diets Don't Work, But If a Diet Promises These 4 Things, Run Away," 5 Jan. 2019 What these diets do tend to have are testimonials and anecdotes that attest to their life-changing potential. Abby Langer, SELF, "Most Diets Don't Work, But If a Diet Promises These 4 Things, Run Away," 5 Jan. 2019 Various celebrity testimonials from the likes of Kim Kardashian and Debra Messing and have claimed it'll help with just about, well, everything. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "Celery Juice "Benefits" Are Total B.S., According to Nutrition Science," 16 Jan. 2019 Additionally, many Crohn's-centric online forums include testimonials from patients experiencing sunken eyes, as well as dark circles and heavy bags under their eyes. Andrea Park, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande Slams Blog on Twitter for Shaming Pete Davidson's Health," 24 Aug. 2018 Some companies that promote default prevention services on their websites focus on two-year community colleges, although some include testimonials from traditional, four-year colleges. Ann Carrns, New York Times, "A Student Debt Payment Plan That Saves Now, Yet Costs More Later," 4 May 2018 Sethi’s book, which came out in July and is generating some year-end buzz, is a collection of testimonials from people who have been targeted for their race, their religion, or other aspects of their identity. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Arjun Singh Sethi's American Hate Gave Hate Crime Survivors Like Taylor Dumpson the Chance to Tell Their Own Stories," 11 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Following the veteran coach's testimonial, John took a different approach to try to win Kendra over. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "'The Voice' Coaches Adam Levine and John Legend Couldn't Stop Fighting Over This Singer," 2 Apr. 2019 As recently as August 21, a state appellate court in Indiana ruled that forcing a defendant to provide a passcode was, in fact, testimonial. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Court: Teen’s driving killed someone, but he can’t be forced to give up passcode," 28 Oct. 2018 Sandberg gave the testimonial equivalent of the shruggy emoji. Peter Kafka, Recode, "Jack Dorsey survived his grueling day in D.C.," 5 Sep. 2018 Similarly, his concert was less a victory lap than a testimonial to a career defined by a restless musical search. Greg Kot, chicagotribune.com, "Paul Simon still searching after all these years," 7 June 2018 In a conversation Archine recorded, Boutte asked her to make a one-minute testimonial to come to her defense on social media. Terah Boyd, ajc, "Women say Gwinnett doctor invaded privacy with online video, photos," 4 June 2018 Andrea Pirlo's testimonial, despite all eight of the first half goals, just hasn't seemed to be enough. SI.com, "Wait, What? Twitter Gets Really Confused as Monday May 21 Sees a Night of Big Change at Arsenal," 21 May 2018 Don’t Last Always—suggesting that album title was a testimonial. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Luke Winslow-King has left New Orleans for his native Michigan, but the sound of the Crescent City still resonates in his music," 21 June 2018 These dishes, among the others featured in the cookbook, serve as delicious testimonial that Foreign Cinema, much like the Mission itself, remains a vibrantly diverse Bay Area destination that is continuing to evolve. Sarah Fritsche, SFChronicle.com, "Cook upscale Mission-style at home with ‘Foreign Cinema Cookbook’," 17 June 2018

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First Known Use of testimonial

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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testimonial

noun

English Language Learners Definition of testimonial

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a written or spoken statement in which you say that you used a product or service and liked it
: a written or spoken statement that praises someone's work, skill, character, etc.
: an event at which someone is honored

testimonial

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English Language Learners Definition of testimonial (Entry 2 of 2)

: relating to testimony and especially to legal testimony

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