Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A woman who has made a legally valid will before death.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A woman who makes and leaves a will at death; a female testator.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A woman who makes a will or testament; a woman who has made a will or testament and dies leaving it in force.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a female testator

Etymologies

Latin, feminine of testātor, testator; see testator.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Late Latin testatrix, feminine of Latin testator ("one who makes a will"); see testator. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The frame was made, and the will hung up opposite to her bed, unknown to any one but Leonard; and, by dint of his repeated reading it over to her, she learnt all the words, except "testatrix," which she would always call "testy tricks."

    Ruth

  • When Ruth came to the word "testatrix," Sally stopped her.

    Ruth

  • For my part, I should be quite content to make you free to come and go in the house; but being bound to respect the will of the testatrix, I have the honor, monsieur, to beg that you will go into the garden no more.

    La Grand Breteche

  • At the expiration of that term, if the will of the testatrix has been duly carried out, the house is to become the property of my heirs, for, as you know,

    La Grand Breteche

  • Mademoiselle de Canillac — property formerly confiscated from her father, abandoned by the king to a keeper of the royal treasure, and afterwards given by this keeper of the royal treasure to the testatrix.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • We are the more concerned, Sir, to wish you to decline this office, because of your short and accidental knowledge of the dear testatrix, and long and intimate acquaintance with the man to whom she owed her ruin, and we the greatest loss and disappointment (her manifold excellencies considered) that ever befell a family.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • They will be long, long worn in memory of the dear testatrix.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • I gave her therefore the thirty guineas bequeathed to her and to her son for mourning; the only mourning which the testatrix has mentioned; and desired her to lose no time in preparing her own, as I doubted not, that she would accompany the corpse, if it were permitted to be carried down.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • But there were very many Burgesses; and here was the one who had been selected, flying in the very face of the testatrix!

    He Knew He Was Right

  • Frederic Folliott Aylmer, everything of which the testatrix died possessed.

    The Belton Estate

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  • I say again: Ouch.

    February 16, 2007

  • A prefix and a suffix that should not be combined without resulting in horrible, gut-wrenching pain.

    February 16, 2007

  • I'm guessing I'm focused on the "testa" part, seanahan, while you're probably seeing the "-trix" part. ;-)

    February 16, 2007

  • I was going to say that it sounds kinky.

    February 16, 2007

  • Ouch. Sounds painful.

    February 16, 2007

  • a woman who writes a will, a female testator.

    February 16, 2007