testimonial

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noun

tes·​ti·​mo·​ni·​al ˌte-stə-ˈmō-nē-əl How to pronounce testimonial (audio)
-nyəl
1
a
: a statement testifying to benefits received
b
: a character reference : letter of recommendation
2
: an expression of appreciation : tribute
3

testimonial

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adjective

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

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In 1639, Scottish poet William Drummond responded to the politics of his day with a facetious set of new laws, including one stipulating 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 faux law, they provide affirmation or evidence. (Testimonial traces to Latin testimonium, meaning "evidence" or "witness.") In the 19th century, testimonial developed a new use, referring to a tribute—that is, a gift presented as a public expression of appreciation. Today, testimonial is most often used to refer to a statement that endorses a product or service.

Example Sentences

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
Going beyond a testimonial, a case study can address last-minute concerns and objections while verifying the promise of a company’s value proposition through measurable examples. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 10 Nov. 2022 Each episode of the series starts with the testimonial of its protagonist or a family member, who introduces their story. Jamie Lang, Variety, 16 Feb. 2022 In his testimonial, the former principal of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Ty Thompson, addressed the reopening of the school following the Parkland, Florida, mass shooting that killed 17 people and injured 17 others. Amanda Musa, CNN, 3 Sep. 2022 This wording is better placed in a testimonial about you, written by someone else. Helen Croydon, Forbes, 6 July 2022 Kate Moss has been sporting this trend recently, most notably during her testimonial for the Johnny Depp/Amber Heard trial. Darcy Brown, refinery29.com, 26 July 2022 The victim’s family had come from South Carolina and his father gave a wrenching testimonial about the loss of his son. Alec Macgillis, ProPublica, 19 July 2022 Vashem researchers and officials provided conflicting accounts about whether there was any link between the donation and the testimonial. Washington Post, 5 May 2022 Or what about adding a video testimonial to your website? Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY, 8 June 2022
Adjective
In addition to the medical and testimonial evidence, two witness reports rocked the trial room in Brazil, Indiana. Claire Rafford, The Indianapolis Star, 28 Sep. 2022 The investigation is still in early stages, VanHoozer said, and investigators will go through bodycam video, testimonial evidence and physical evidence. Amy Simonson, CNN, 9 Sep. 2022 The original plan upon Valeri’s transfer to Lanús was to have the two clubs play a friendly testimonial match at Providence Park in 2023, after which Valeri would join the Timbers’ front office. oregonlive, 2 June 2022 The trial, in short, turned the op-ed into an ouroboros: what was intended as a #MeToo testimonial about women being punished for naming their experiences became a post-#MeToo instrument for punishing a woman who named her experiences. Jessica Winter, The New Yorker, 2 June 2022 Chronically ill and disabled patients already face significant testimonial injustice in the clinic due to widespread and normalized discrimination against them. Danielle Wenner, STAT, 19 May 2022 Folks will have the ability to step away from the broader festival to provide or view photo and testimonial opportunities, as well as take part in interactive, inspirational, and archival art projects. Taylor Mims, Billboard, 15 Apr. 2022 Motherhood has changed the sisters, who spend most of their testimonial time reiterating the role their kids play in their lives. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Apr. 2022 There were testimonial readings by British actors Tamsin Greig and Eddie Marsan, describing the real-life experiences of Artem and Natalya who were forced to flee their respective homes as a result of the conflict. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 30 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of testimonial was in the 15th century

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“Testimonial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/testimonial. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

testimonial 1 of 2

adjective

tes·​ti·​mo·​ni·​al ˌtes-tə-ˈmō-nē-əl How to pronounce testimonial (audio)
: being a testimonial

testimonial

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noun

1
a
: a recommendation of a product or service
b
: a letter of recommendation
2
: something given or said to show affection or respect : tribute

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