from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Something that serves as tangible proof or evidence: The spacious plan of the city is a testament to the foresight of its founders.
  • n. A statement of belief; a credo: my political testament.
  • n. Law A written document providing for the disposition of a person's property after death; a will.
  • n. Bible Either of the two main divisions of the Bible.
  • n. Archaic A covenant between humans and God.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A solemn, authentic instrument in writing, by which a person declares his or her will as to disposal of his or her inheritance (estate and effects) after his or her death, benefiting specified heir(s).
  • n. One of the two parts to the scriptures of the Christian religion: the New Testament, considered by Christians to be a continuation of the Hebrew scriptures, and the Hebrew scriptures themselves, which they refer to as the Old Testament.
  • n. A tangible proof or tribute.
  • n. A credo, expression of conviction

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A solemn, authentic instrument in writing, by which a person declares his will as to disposal of his estate and effects after his death.
  • n. One of the two distinct revelations of God's purposes toward man; a covenant; also, one of the two general divisions of the canonical books of the sacred Scriptures, in which the covenants are respectively revealed

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In law, a will; a disposition of property or rights, to take effect at death.
  • n. A disposition of the rights of two parties, defining their mutual relation, and the rights conceded by one to the other; a covenant, especially between God and his people.
  • n. Hence A dispensation: used especially of the Mosaic or old dispensation and of the Christian or new.
  • n. [capitalized] A collection of books containing the history and doctrines of each of these dispensations, and known severally as the Old Testament and the New Testament.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. strong evidence for something
  • n. either of the two main parts of the Christian Bible
  • n. a legal document declaring a person's wishes regarding the disposal of their property when they die
  • n. a profession of belief


Middle English, a will, from Latin testāmentum, from testārī, to make a will, from testis, witness.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Old French, from Latin testamentum ("the publication of a will, a will, testament, in Late Latin one of the divisions of the Bible"), from testari ("to be a witness, testify, attest, make a will"), from testis ("one who attests, a witness"). (Wiktionary)



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