[ tes-teyt ]
/ ˈtɛs teɪt /


having made and left a valid will.

Nearby words

  1. testacy,
  2. testalgia,
  3. testament,
  4. testamentary,
  5. testamentary trust,
  6. testator,
  7. testatrices,
  8. testatrix,
  9. testcross,
  10. testectomy

Origin of testate

1425–75; late Middle English < Latin testātus, past participle of testārī to bear witness, make a will, derivative of testis witness; see -ate1

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British Dictionary definitions for testate


/ (ˈtɛsteɪt, ˈtɛstɪt) /


having left a legally valid will at death


a person who dies testate
Compare intestate

Derived Formstestacy (ˈtɛstəsɪ), noun

Word Origin for testate

C15: from Latin testārī to make a will; see testament

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Word Origin and History for testate



"having left a valid will," late 15c., from Latin testatus, past participle of testari "make a will, be witness to, declare" (see testament).

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