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[tes-tuh-moh-nee-uh l] /ˌtɛs təˈmoʊ ni əl/
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
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Late Latin testimōniālis. See testimony, -al1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for testimonial
  • But testimonial dinners have a sadness to them that haunts the participants.
  • He gestured toward rubble surrounding a crater-a testimonial to the pinpoint accuracy of allied bombing.
  • The amazing diversity of dogs is a testimonial to the possibilities of selection.
  • If anyone out there can help me please reply too this testimonial.
  • No, but certainly verifiable to meet historical, testimonial standards.
  • There are no personal photos, testimonial plaques or other homey mementos.
  • That's a message you can't convey any other way than by actually doing a testimonial and presenting it to them.
  • In another, it the strongest testimonial yet about how severe the deficit problems have become even in the wealthiest nations.
  • Also check that the website provide testimonial of their current members or not.
  • Amendment mandates confrontation for all testimonial statements.
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
Usage note
Testimonial is sometimes wrongly used where testimony is meant: his re-election is a testimony (not a testimonial) to his popularity with his constituents
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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