[ tes-tuh n, -ton, te-stoon ]
/ ˈtɛs tən, -tɒn, tɛˈstun /


a former silver coin of France, equal at various times to between 10 and 14½ sols, bearing on the obverse a bust of the reigning king.
a former silver coin of England, issued by Henry VII, Henry VIII, and Edward VI, and bearing on the obverse the bust of the reigning king: equal originally to 12 pence, later to sixpence.
Also tes·to·ne [te-stoh-ney] /tɛˈstoʊ neɪ/. a former silver coin of Milan, first issued in 1468, bearing on the obverse a bust of the Duke of Milan.

Nearby words

  1. testimony meeting,
  2. testing,
  3. testing station,
  4. testis,
  5. testitis,
  6. testone,
  7. testoon,
  8. testosterone,
  9. testudinal,
  10. testudinate

Also tes·toon [te-stoon] /tɛˈstun/.

Origin of teston

1535–45; < French < Italian testone, augmentative of testa head < Late Latin; see testa

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Examples from the Web for teston

  • "My predecessors thought themselves dishonoured by knowing the value of a teston," Henry used to say.

    Sir Charles Napier|Sir William Francis Butler
  • That, with about a teston which it cost him in returning, is over and above the amount for printing.

British Dictionary definitions for teston


testoon (tɛˈstuːn)

/ (ˈtɛstən) /


a French silver coin of the 16th century
Also called: tester an English silver coin of the 16th century, originally worth one shilling, bearing the head of Henry VIII

Word Origin for teston

C16: from Italian testone, from testa head, from Late Latin: skull, from Latin: shell

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