Definition of testimonial in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌtestəˈmōnēəl/


1A formal statement testifying to someone’s character and qualifications.
Example sentences
  • Around 70 more residents wrote individual testimonials and character references.
  • Bernard Gateshill, for Mancey, handed a huge bundle of character testimonials to the judge and explained that his client had been suffering from depression at the time of the incident.
  • Instead, work history and character testimonials are deemed important.
1.1A public tribute to someone and to their achievements.
Example sentences
  • Guests will hear tributes and testimonials about the career, but only a little of the tension and trauma of that political life.
  • However, most medals and testimonials are presented for courage.
  • She was presented with a testimonial on vellum, personally signed by society president Princess Alexandra, during the ceremony, at the Austrian Ambassador's residence in west London.
1.2 [often as modifier] (In sports) a game or event held in honor of a player, who typically receives part of the income generated: the Yankees held a testimonial day for Gehrig
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  • Fans, team mates, family and friends are expected at the War Memorial Ground on Tuesday night for a testimonial game in honour of former Carshalton Athletic player Neil Robson.
  • His season on the pitch has not been too eye-catching but his selfless act in donating the receipts of his testimonial game to children's charities is one of the greatest things a Premiership footballer had done this season.
  • Radebe is donating the £500,000 that his testimonial game earned to charity, a gesture which is thoroughly in character.


Late Middle English: from Old French testimonial 'testifying, serving as evidence', from late Latin testimonialis, from Latin testimonium (see testimony).

Words that rhyme with testimonial

baronial, ceremonial, colonial, matrimonial, monial, neocolonial, postcolonial, patrimonial

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Syllabification: tes·ti·mo·ni·al

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