Definition of testimonial in English:



  • 1A formal statement testifying to someone's character and qualifications.

    • ‘The award is conferred on the basis of testimonials describing the nominee's service.’
    • ‘He stated that relevant weight has not been given to his good teaching record and to letters, testimonials and references from parents appreciating work he has done with their children.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One wishes one of her many friends and admirers had advised her not to make her autobiography sound like a list of testimonials from famous people interspersed with anecdotes.’
    • ‘Employers usually ask job applicants to send resumes, testimonials and identification documents.’
    • ‘Instead, work history and character testimonials are deemed important.’
    • ‘A common feature in networking sites is testimonials or comments.’
    • ‘Parents often prefaced their letters by testimonials as to their son's qualifications as a ‘real boy.’’
    • ‘I think the average person would be amazed at the amount of fake testimonials and fabricated authenticity they are exposed to in one day.’
    • ‘So if you're asking for a testimonial to her character as a mother and as a hard working local member, I'm not only very happy to give it on this programme, I'll be very happy to give it in her electorate as well.’
    • ‘Most designers will have testimonials from previous clients on their web site.’
    • ‘Careful analysis of the letters, character testimonials and other correspondence involving these individuals represent an obvious and valuable source of reference for such work.’
    • ‘I should perhaps say this is an unsolicited testimonial - I don't do the requested kind.’
    • ‘To summarize my testimonial about him, I simply said that he always made me laugh thought at times he annoyed me of constant teasing, but in the end I'd still have him as he is.’
    • ‘This page may contain letters of recommendation or testimonials that your clients have written for you.’
    • ‘Mr Browne said the mayor of van de Poel's home town, his parents and his boss had provided testimonials as to his client's good character.’
    • ‘And it was Rick Lazio who equated her, despite all these testimonials on her behalf, with these people who obviously have invented something for political gain.’
    • ‘Around 70 more residents wrote individual testimonials and character references.’
    • ‘More than mere testimonials, these comments underline Zinn's unsentimental dedication to the democracy he believes in.’
    • ‘They have noted the evidence of your character witnesses who spoke highly of you and the testimonials submitted on your behalf which indicate that you are well respected by both your professional colleagues and patients.’
    reference, character reference, recommendation, letter of recommendation, commendation, endorsement, certificate of competence
    View synonyms
    1. 1.1 A public tribute to someone and to their achievements.
      • ‘Passing with flying colours, he received a beautifully-calligraphed testimonial signed by the scholars present.’
      • ‘Yet after I left the funeral, some key themes of the media eulogies and other testimonials kept bothering me.’
      • ‘Mr Carvey, 20, of Eastcliff Avenue, is to receive a testimonial on parchment and his Tendring Council colleague Mr Sacre, also 20, of Oliver Close is to get a certificate of commendation.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Most testimonials from students describe in passionate terms the inspiration Deaf teachers - much more than hearing instructors - had on them.’
      • ‘They hold endless meetings, planning sessions, conferences, and confabs in which they back pat and self-stroke themselves with awards, plaques, tributes and testimonials.’
      • ‘The death of famed educator Clark Kerr last December evoked tributes and testimonials everywhere from the New York Times to local faculty bulletins.’
      • ‘About half the crowd were silver-haired, sitting politely in rows, nodding at the testimonials being offered from the podium covering the vast breadth of Rankin's career.’
      • ‘This would involve audio/visual testimonials delivered and recorded from around the world by her students (from all three schools she taught in), her friends, and family.’
      • ‘Guests will hear tributes and testimonials about the career, but only a little of the tension and trauma of that political life.’
      • ‘It also told of his independence, character and principles as expressed by testimonials by those who knew him.’
      • ‘On Wednesday, John's 15-year-old son Patrick was presented with a testimonial for saving a boy aged eight from the Thames near the Teddington suspension bridge.’
      • ‘He spoke a short testimonial, describing a person that sounded a little like my mother, and we mouthed a hymn.’
      • ‘However, before leaving for his new appointment the teachers and friends met at the house of the Rev Carter to present a small testimonial to Captain Cornelius in recognition of his service.’
      • ‘However, most medals and testimonials are presented for courage.’
      • ‘Here is an unsolicited testimonial to Ron Santo, a player who someday should be elected to the Hall of Fame.’
      • ‘However, since the event was a testimonial to the life and work of the artist, most informed criticism was politely avoided.’
      tribute, presentation, gift, trophy
      View synonyms
    2. 1.2often 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’
      • ‘Radebe is donating the £500,000 that his testimonial game earned to charity, a gesture which is thoroughly in character.’
      • ‘United also agreed that Keane would be given a testimonial game by United, an offer that he will consider when a little time has elapsed and the dust from his departure has settled.’
      • ‘Tony Parkes had to fight back tears as he described his testimonial as one of the greatest nights of his life.’
      • ‘Two of rugby's greatest players are planning to sign off their careers in front of a full house in the first testimonial match to be played at Twickenham.’
      • ‘He had served Celtic for more than 24 years and was rumoured to be in line for a money-spinning testimonial match - the first ever granted to a non-player or manager in Scotland.’
      • ‘Instead of expensive gifts for players participating in the testimonial, they will be given letters from children in the developing world whose education will be sponsored from the proceeds.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The first event of Lowes' testimonial will be a golf day at Northcliffe Golf Club on Wednesday, August 25.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I am still in the process of arranging the second game, but we will have at least one other game at home because Paul Stancliffe will be having a testimonial game in recognition of his long-standing service to the club.’
      • ‘Now, they hope to ‘re-sign’ a host of old boys to take part in a testimonial game they're planning for club captain Brian Pritchard on Sunday May 5.’
      • ‘The ultra-loyal City defender crowns a decade at Valley Parade tomorrow with his testimonial match against Bolton.’
      • ‘There will be a quick, bitter-sweet trip to Stradey Park on Friday for his testimonial game against Gloucester.’
      • ‘But when you go out on the park, even if it is for a testimonial, the game is one you want to win.’
      • ‘His 11-year tenure with the Sky Blues has been rewarded by a glittering testimonial against the champions of Scotland.’
      • ‘The club has agreed to give him a testimonial game to mark his nine years at Edgeley Park, even though Flynn left last week to join Barnsley.’
      • ‘The Sunderland and Republic of Ireland striker has just signed up a young Dublin singer to perform during his testimonial game tomorrow night in Sunderland.’
      • ‘I was, and still am, one of the few British players who had played alongside Zidane, albeit in a testimonial.’
      • ‘I have just signed a new three-and-a-half year deal, which includes a testimonial in pre-season, so I hope I can help establish the club at this level.’
      • ‘About 10,000 Rangers fans make the trip to Bradford to pay tribute to Stuart McCall, whose testimonial sees the Yorkshire side take on Rangers' nine-in-a-row side.’


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