Definitions

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

  • n. One that makes a will; a testator.

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  • n. A donor.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A testator; one who bequeaths a legacy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A testator; one who bequeaths a legacy.

Etymologies

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

Latin lēgātor, from lēgāre, to bequeath; see legacy.

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From Latin lēgātor ("testator").

Examples

  • Yet it is not obvious what such a legacy means, when the legator is such a peculiarly fetishized and disavowed figure.

    Introduction

  • Another thing they learned was that, even then, they would not receive the whole of the money left them, for seeing they could claim no relation to the legator, ten per cent must be deducted from their legacy.

    Far Above Rubies

  • The residue of his personal estate was left to four gentlemen, three of whom had quitted this world before the legator; the bequests, therefore, had lapsed.

    Coningsby

  • "many a slip betwixt the cup" of the legator and "the lip" of the legatee.

    George Müller of Bristol And His Witness to a Prayer-Hearing God

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