[tes-tey-ter, te-stey-ter]

noun Law.

a person who makes a will.
a person who has died leaving a valid will.

Nearby words

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

Origin of testator

1275–1325; < Latin testātor; see testate, -tor; replacing Middle English testatour < Anglo-French

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British Dictionary definitions for testator


feminine testatrix (tɛˈsteɪtrɪks)


a person who makes a will, esp one who dies testate

Word Origin for testator

C15: from Anglo-French testatour, from Late Latin testātor, from Latin testārī to make a will; see testament

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Word Origin and History for testator



mid-15c., from Anglo-French testatour (c.1300), from Late Latin testatorem, from testari (see testate).

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