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[tes-tuh-moh-nee-uh l] /ˌtɛs təˈmoʊ ni əl/
a written declaration certifying to a person's character, conduct, or qualifications, or to the value, excellence, etc., of a thing; a letter or written statement of recommendation.
something given or done as an expression of esteem, admiration, or gratitude.
pertaining to or serving as a testimonial:
a testimonial dinner for the retiring dean.
Origin of testimonial
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Late Latin testimōniālis. See testimony, -al1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Three times in the past five years Mr. Cayley's colleagues had offered to present him with a testimonial.

  • And they want to get up a testimonial to this man's memory—a statue or something!

    Roundabout Papers William Makepeace Thackeray
  • A numerous cortége escorted her from the city with every testimonial of regret.

    Joseph Bonaparte John S. C. Abbott
  • Some later news--also the fine horse, a friend with some testimonial of appreciation.

    Cupology Clara
  • Immediately after the assault on Mr. Sumner a subscription was started for a testimonial to him.

  • And could not somebody write to Miss Polehampton and get her to give you a testimonial?

    A True Friend Adeline Sergeant
  • The testimonial took the form of a silver pitcher suitably inscribed.

    Cyrus W. Field; his Life and Work Isabella Field Judson
British Dictionary definitions for testimonial


  1. a recommendation of the character, ability, etc, of a person or of the quality of a consumer product or service, esp by a person whose opinion is valued
  2. (as modifier): testimonial advertising
a formal statement of truth or fact
a tribute given for services or achievements
a sports match to raise money for a particular player
of or relating to a testimony or testimonial
Usage note
Testimonial is sometimes wrongly used where testimony is meant: his re-election is a testimony (not a testimonial) to his popularity with his constituents
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for testimonial

early 15c., "of or pertaining to testimony," in letters testimonial from Middle French lettres testimoniaulx, from Latin litteræ testimoniales, from testimonium (see testimony). The noun meaning "writing testifying to one's qualification or character" is recorded from 1570s; that of "gift presented as an expression of appreciation" is from 1838.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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