[tes-tuh-moh-nee-uh l]


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

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English word from Late Latin word testimōniālis. See testimony, -al1
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Contemporary Examples of testimonial

  • He was trying to sell the case for military action with the testimonial equivalent of Falstaffian soliloquies.

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    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.

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    Note to Self: Must Try Harder

    David Frum

    July 19, 2012

  • But after 18 months of writing and editing, she has delivered her testimonial to them—and to us.

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    A French Hero's Tale of Survival

    Eric Pape

    September 21, 2010

Historical Examples of testimonial

British Dictionary definitions for testimonial



  1. 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
  2. (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


Testimonial is sometimes wrongly used where testimony is meant: his re-election is a testimony (not a testimonial) to his popularity with his constituents
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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.

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