[ tes-tuh-muh nt ]
/ ˈtɛs tə mənt /


  1. a will, especially one that relates to the disposition of one's personal property.
  2. will2(def 8).
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

1250–1300; Middle English: will, covenant < Latin testāmentum, equivalent to testā(rī) to bear witness (see testate) + -mentum -ment
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British Dictionary definitions for testament (1 of 2)

/ (ˈtɛstəmənt) /


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
  1. a covenant instituted between God and man, esp the covenant of Moses or that instituted by Christ
  2. a copy of either the Old or the New Testament, or of the complete Bible

Derived forms of testament

testamental, adjective

Word Origin for testament

C14: from Latin: a will, from testārī to bear witness, from testis a witness

British Dictionary definitions for testament (2 of 2)

/ (ˈtɛstəmənt) /


either of the two main parts of the Bible; the Old Testament or the New Testament
the New Testament as distinct from the Old
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