Definitions

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

  • n. One who has made a legally valid will before death.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who dies having made a legally valid will.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A man who makes and leaves a will, or testament, at death.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who makes a will or testament; one who has made a will or testament and dies leaving it in force.

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

  • n. a person who makes a will

Etymologies

Middle English testatour, from Anglo-Norman, from Latin testātor, from testārī, to make one's will; see testament.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin testator ("one who makes a will, in Late Latin also one who bears witness"), from testari ("to bear witness, make a will"); see testament. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "A very great one," replied Parlamente, "when the testator is in his sound senses, and not raving."

    The Heptameron of Margaret, Queen of Navarre

  • He here condescended in the presence of his disciples to publish his last will and testament, and (which many a testator is shy of) lets them know what legacies he had left them, and how well they were secured, that they might have strong consolation.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume V (Matthew to John)

  • He was met with the response that the testator was a mariner at sea (in fact, he was a pilot on the Manchester ship canal).

    Also Good for Omelets

  • {198} In a note on the Will, Mr. Maddison says, “The testator was the second son of Robert Dighton (of St.rton), by his wife, Joyce St. Paul (a lady of another very old and well-connected county family).”

    Records of Woodhall Spa and Neighbourhood Historical, Anecdotal, Physiographical, and Archaeological, with Other Matter

  • The testator is a man of ample means, without any responsibilities to fetter his movements, and has been in the constant habit of traveling, often into remote and distant regions.

    The Eye of Osiris

  • Supposing then that the testator died within a year, but that a condition, subject to which the heir was instituted, was not fulfilled within the year, would it be feigned that the testator was a soldier at the date of his decease, and the testament consequently upheld? and this question we answer in the affirmative.

    The Institutes of Justinian

  • It is therefore, at least, not improbable that the testator was a native of Lincolnshire.

    Notes and Queries, Number 35, June 29, 1850 A Medium of Inter-communication for Literary Men, Artists, Antiquaries, Genealogists, etc

  • The Author has had recourse to every means within his reach to assure himself of the genuineness of this document, and to ascertain (p. 378) that the testator was the William Gascoyne [339] who was Chief Justice of the King's Bench.

    Henry of Monmouth, Volume 1 Memoirs of Henry the Fifth

  • Her Baltimore ancestor's will is extant, has been examined by Old Mortality's great-grandson, and announces in a kind of preamble that the testator was a native of Donegal; his Christian name was William ( "Notes and Queries," Fourth Series, vol.vii. p. 219, and Fifth Series, August, 1874).

    Old Mortality, Complete

  • Her Baltimore ancestor’s will is extant, has been examined by Old Mortality’s great-grandson, and announces in a kind of preamble that the testator was a native of Donegal; his Christian name was William (“Notes and Queries,” Fourth

    Old Mortality

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