from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One that tests: a battery tester; a taste tester.
- n. A canopy, as over a bed or pulpit.
- n. See teston.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A canopy over a bed etc.
- n. A person who administers a test.
- n. A device used for testing.
- n. A sample of perfume available in a shop for customers to try before they buy.
- n. An old French silver coin.
- n. A sixpence.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A headpiece; a helmet.
- n. A flat canopy, as over a pulpit or tomb.
- n. A canopy over a bed, supported by the bedposts.
- n. An old French silver coin, originally of the value of about eighteen pence, subsequently reduced to ninepence, and later to sixpence, sterling. Hence, in modern English slang, a sixpence; -- often contracted to tizzy. Called also teston.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who tests, tries, assays, or proves.
- n. Any instrument or apparatus used in testing: as, a steam-gage tester; a vacuum-tester.
- n. A canopy.
- n. Specifically— The frame which connects the tops of the posts in a four-post bedstead, and the material stretched upon it, the whole forming a sort of canopy.
- n. In architecture, a flat canopy, as over a pulpit or a tomb.
- n. A head-piece; a helmet.
- n. A name given to the shillings coined by Henry VIII., and to sixpences later (compare teston); also, in modern slang, a sixpence.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. someone who administers a test to determine your qualifications
- n. a flat canopy (especially one over a four-poster bed)
Middle English, from Medieval Latin testrum, from Late Latin testa, skull, from Latin, shell.
Alteration of teston.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Probably from Old French testre, from Latin testa. (Wiktionary)
From test + -er. (Wiktionary)
For testern, teston, from French teston, from Old French teste the head, the head of the king being impressed upon the coin. See tester a covering, and compare testone, testoon. (Wiktionary)