Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Something that serves as tangible proof or evidence.
  • noun A statement of belief; a credo.
  • noun Law A usually formal, written directive providing for the disposition of one's property after death; a will.
  • noun Bible Either of the two main divisions of the Bible.
  • noun Archaic A covenant between humans and God.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In law, a will; a disposition of property or rights, to take effect at death.
  • noun A disposition of the rights of two parties, defining their mutual relation, and the rights conceded by one to the other; a covenant, especially between God and his people.
  • noun Hence A dispensation: used especially of the Mosaic or old dispensation and of the Christian or new.
  • noun [capitalized] A collection of books containing the history and doctrines of each of these dispensations, and known severally as the Old Testament and the New Testament.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Law) A solemn, authentic instrument in writing, by which a person declares his will as to disposal of his estate and effects after his death.
  • noun One of the two distinct revelations of God's purposes toward man; a covenant; also, one of the two general divisions of the canonical books of the sacred Scriptures, in which the covenants are respectively revealed
  • noun a testament written wholly by the testator himself.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun law A solemn, authentic instrument in writing, by which a person declares his or her will as to disposal of his or her inheritance (estate and effects) after his or her death, benefiting specified heir(s).
  • noun One of the two parts to the scriptures of the Christian religion: the New Testament, considered by Christians to be a continuation of the Hebrew scriptures, and the Hebrew scriptures themselves, which they refer to as the Old Testament.
  • noun A tangible proof or tribute.
  • noun A credo, expression of conviction

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

  • noun strong evidence for something
  • noun either of the two main parts of the Christian Bible
  • noun a legal document declaring a person's wishes regarding the disposal of their property when they die
  • noun a profession of belief

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, a will, from Latin testāmentum, from testārī, to make a will, from testis, witness; see trei- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English, from Old French, from Latin testamentum ("the publication of a will, a will, testament, in Late Latin one of the divisions of the Bible"), from testari ("to be a witness, testify, attest, make a will"), from testis ("one who attests, a witness").

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