- a written declaration certifying to a person's character, conduct, or qualifications, or to the value, excellence, etc., of a thing; a letter or written statement of recommendation.
- something given or done as an expression of esteem, admiration, or gratitude.
- pertaining to or serving as a testimonial: a testimonial dinner for the retiring dean.
Origin of testimonial
Related Words for testimonialhomage, ovation, testimony, remembrance, endorsement, testament, salvo, reference, show, evidence, say-so, voucher, recommendation, commemoration, witness, memorial, degree, certificate, character, salute
Examples from the Web for testimonial
Contemporary Examples of testimonial
He was trying to sell the case for military action with the testimonial equivalent of Falstaffian soliloquies.Syria: What Have We Learned?
Leslie H. Gelb
September 12, 2013
So I take it as a kind of testimonial that I finished second as "most disliked," behind Meghan McCain.Note to Self: Must Try Harder
July 19, 2012
But after 18 months of writing and editing, she has delivered her testimonial to them—and to us.A French Hero's Tale of Survival
September 21, 2010
Historical Examples of testimonial
What a testimonial is this record in favor of republican Boston and Massachusetts!
One was from a manufacturer of cold cream, soliciting a testimonial.The Film of Fear
Indeed I cannot be quiet nor safe without such a testimonial.
I will write to him for a testimonial, at least to my probity and character.
That's the result of all our Study in Scarlet: to get them a testimonial!A Study In Scarlet
Arthur Conan Doyle
- a recommendation of the character, ability, etc, of a person or of the quality of a consumer product or service, esp by a person whose opinion is valued
- (as modifier)testimonial advertising
- a formal statement of truth or fact
- a tribute given for services or achievements
- a sports match to raise money for a particular player
- of or relating to a testimony or testimonial
Word Origin and History for testimonial
early 15c., "of or pertaining to testimony," in letters testimonial from Middle French lettres testimoniaulx, from Latin litteræ testimoniales, from testimonium (see testimony). The noun meaning "writing testifying to one's qualification or character" is recorded from 1570s; that of "gift presented as an expression of appreciation" is from 1838.