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testimonial

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noun tes·ti·mo·ni·al \ ˌtes-tə-ˈmō-nē-əl , -nyəl \

Definition of testimonial

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

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Recent Examples of testimonial from the Web

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First Known Use of testimonial

15th century


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testimonial

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Definition of testimonial

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

Examples of testimonial in a Sentence

  1. He received a glowing testimonial from his former employer.

  2. her performance in this tournament has been a testimonial to the dedication and talent she brings to the tennis court

Recent Examples of testimonial from the Web

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Did You Know?

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.

First Known Use of testimonial

15th century


TESTIMONIAL Defined for English Language Learners

testimonial

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adjective

Definition of testimonial for English Language Learners

  • : relating to testimony and especially to legal testimony


testimonial

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Definition of testimonial for English Language Learners

  • : 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



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