- either of the two major portions of the Bible: the Mosaic or old covenant or dispensation, or the Christian or new covenant or dispensation.
- (initial capital letter) the New Testament, as distinct from the Old Testament.
- (initial capital letter) a copy of the New Testament.
- a covenant, especially between God and humans.
Origin of testament
Examples from the Web for testament
This is a testament to the fundamental human—and American—desire to combine place and possibility.Will Texas Stay Texan?
December 29, 2014
The battle to secure that funding is testament to the difficulty in making truly independent movies.Mike Leigh Is the Master Filmmaker Who Hates Hollywood
October 14, 2014
But it is a testament to that show that people got that involved.How Cristin Milioti Met Sitcom Stardom
October 2, 2014
But it also is a testament to how much she is, and how much we all are, too.Speed Read: Lena Dunham’s Most Shocking Confessions From ‘Not That Kind of Girl’
September 26, 2014
Kempton said of the son, “He was a chosen child and a testament to a faith no less noble for having a reward no better than this.”Tupac and Murray Kempton: The Godfather Who Wore Tweed
June 22, 2014
Cornelius then read to Rosa the testament that he had just made.The Black Tulip
Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
It's a sort of last will and testament in favour of the troupe.Scaramouche
No, this letter is just a ‘last will and testament,’ as the lawyers have it.The Twins of Suffering Creek
Reach me the Testament, granny, there's a verse I'll read to you.'Poppy's Presents
Mrs O. F. Walton
He took a fresh piece of paper, and traced on it the words: "This is my last will and testament."A Set of Six
- law a will setting out the disposition of personal property (esp in the phrase last will and testament)
- a proof, attestation, or tributehis success was a testament to his skills
- a covenant instituted between God and man, esp the covenant of Moses or that instituted by Christ
- a copy of either the Old or the New Testament, or of the complete Bible
- either of the two main parts of the Bible; the Old Testament or the New Testament
- the New Testament as distinct from the Old
Word Origin and History for testament
late 13c., "last will disposing of property," from Latin testamentum "a will, publication of a will," from testari "make a will, be witness to," from testis "witness," from PIE *tris- "three" (see three) on the notion of "third person, disinterested witness."
Use in reference to the two divisions of the Bible (c.1300) is from Late Latin vetus testamentum and novum testamentum, loan-translations of Greek palaia diatheke and kaine diatheke. Late Latin testamentum in this case was a mistranslation of Greek diatheke, which meant both "covenant, dispensation" and "will, testament," and was used in the former sense in the account of the Last Supper (see testimony) but subsequently was interpreted as Christ's "last will."