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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ But first, a few words of caution, a few more words about Bogdanovich, and a testimonial.
▪ Candidates were asked to send in their applications with testimonials to Mr. Leech, the secretary.
▪ Chances galore at both ends could have produced a scoreline usually reserved for end-of-season testimonials.
▪ It also dealt a blow to his testimonial, which nevertheless realised more than £2000.
▪ The testimonials that follow speak to all these matters.
▪ These short testimonials are not meant to promote our company.
▪ We have heard testimonials from Wisconsinites, Ohioans, and even Texans about the best or biggest.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Testimonial \Tes`ti*mo"ni*al\, n. [Cf. OF. testimoniale, LL. testimonialis, L. testimoniales (sc. litter[ae]). See Testimonial, a.]

  1. A writing or certificate which bears testimony in favor of one's character, good conduct, ability, etc., or of the value of a thing.

  2. Something, as money or plate, presented to a preson as a token of respect, or of obligation for services rendered.


Testimonial \Tes`ti*mo"ni*al\, a. [L. testimonialis: cf. F. testimonial.] Relating to, or containing, testimony.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 15c., "of or pertaining to testimony," in part from testimonial (n.) and from Late Latin testimonialis, from Latin testimonium (see testimony). Originally especially in phrase letters testimonial (Middle French lettres testimoniaulx, Latin litteræ testimoniales) "document or documents attesting to a fact or to the good standing of the bearer," literally "letters serving for evidence."


"statement, declaration," also "writing testifying to one's qualification or character," early 15c. (from Old French testimonial, variant of tesmoignal), short for letters testimonial (see testimonial (adj.)). Meaning "gift presented as an expression of appreciation" is from 1838.


a. Serving as testimony. n. 1 A statement, especially one given under oath; testimony 2 A written recommendation of someone's worth or character 3 A tribute given in appreciation of someone's service etc. 4 (context football English) A match played in tribute to a particular player (who sometimes receives a proportion of the gate money).

  1. n. something that serves as evidence; "his effort was testimony to his devotion" [syn: testimony]

  2. something given or done as an expression of esteem [syn: tribute]

  3. something that recommends (or expresses commendation) of a person or thing as worthy or desirable [syn: recommendation, good word]

  1. adj. expressing admiration or appreciation; "testimonial dinner"

  2. of or relating to or constituting testimony


In promotion and of advertising, a testimonial or show consists of a person's written or spoken statement extolling the virtue of a product. The term "testimonial" most commonly applies to the sales-pitches attributed to ordinary citizens, whereas the word "endorsement" usually applies to pitches by celebrities. Testimonials can be part of communal marketing.

Usage examples of "testimonial".

The advertising can provide credibility or offer testimonial evidence of excellence.

In regard to Chatterford, I shall send Nola and Avis back with you -- and possibly Emma Burke with the duke no longer a threat -- as walking testimonials for the next batch.

Philippe Liotard had started collecting testimonials from bibliophiles, and it had turned out that Steuvels was one of the best bookbinders in Paris, possibly the best, and that collectors entrusted their delicate work to him, especially the restoration of antique bindings.

Therese, grateful for this assurance, answered that she rejoiced at finding an occasion to oblige me, and, asking me to give her the papers of my protege, she shewed me the certificates and testimonials of another lady in favour of whom she had undertaken to speak, and whom, she said, she would sacrifice to the person in whose behalf I felt interested.

I asked her whether she had any letters of recommendation, and she drew out of her pocket a parcel of papers containing seven or eight testimonials of good conduct and honesty, and a passport.

Tadini was vexed with my incredulity, and shewed me a number of testimonials, which I might possibly have read, if the first which met my eye had not been from a lady who protested to all and singular that M.

The letter was a friendly note from Fox, saying how much he had enjoyed their dinner and enclosing a testimonial from Mrs Wailer, who gave Ahmed an excellent character but said that he found England a little cold and damp in the winter, that he would probably thrive better on his native heath and that in any case she was obliged to reduce her household.

A bill was also passed this session allowing the East India Company to appoint any person to a writership who should produce testimonials of character, and undergo such an examination as might be fixed by the court of directors and the Indian board.

The wall facing was decorated with illuminated manuscripts and testimonials from a score of organizations of former victims of the SS.

But as a testimonial to his regime, the Bill of Rights at least had the virtue of being completely typical of John Diefenbaker: it was a well-intentioned, inexplicably delayed piece of legislation, so oversold to the voters that The Bill of Rights 313 eventually most of the beneficial if limited influence it deserved was dissipated.

His own father, crippled as he was, much older than the cur, Petkin, was a permanent testimonial to middle-aged male vigor.

I write you this testimonial of the wonderful cures you have performed for me.

Twenty-five years of brooding in solitude without the solace of playing chess, but with the Morphy chess set and the Morphy watch in the same room, testimonials to his world mastery.

Testimonials, 71-72, 120, 136 Thonga people, 75-76, 79 Thorne, Avril, 172 Tienanmen Square massacre, 81-82 Tiger, L.

I was surrounded by the stale smut of clubmen, stories to disturb callow youth, ads for transparencies, truedup dice and bustpads, proprietary articles and why wear a truss with testimonial from ruptured gentleman.