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[tes-tey-ter, te-stey-ter]
noun Law.
  1. a person who makes a will.
  2. a person who has died leaving a valid will.
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Origin of testator

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

  • The rest of the estate went to the testator's widow for life, and then to charity.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Just so much as the testator parts with the legatee obtains.

  • It was exactly the design of the testator to produce this idea.

  • In itself a Will is simply the instrument by which the intention of the testator is declared.

    Ancient Law

    Sir Henry James Sumner Maine

  • It was a mode of declaring who was to have the chieftainship, in succession to the Testator.

    Ancient Law

    Sir Henry James Sumner Maine

British Dictionary definitions for testator


feminine testatrix (tɛˈsteɪtrɪks)

  1. a person who makes a will, esp one who dies testate
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Word Origin

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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