A testimonial is like a personal recommendation. If you give a testimonial on behalf of a restaurant, then you really like that restaurant.

If you've seen the word testimony — meaning spoken evidence in court — then you might have a clue to the meaning of testimonial. Like testimonies, a testimonial is evidence or proof of something good: getting an A in math is a testimonial to your math skills. Testimonials can also be a spoken or written endorsement of something: You might write a testimonial about the awesome cupcakes on your favorite bakery's website, for example.

Definitions of testimonial
  1. noun
    something that recommends (or expresses commendation of) a person or thing as worthy or desirable
    synonyms: good word, recommendation
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    character, character reference, reference
    a formal recommendation by a former employer to a potential future employer describing the person's qualifications and dependability
    exaggerated praise (as for promotional purposes)
    type of:
    congratulations, extolment, kudos, praise
    an expression of approval and commendation
  2. noun
    something given or done as an expression of esteem
    synonyms: tribute
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    type of:
    approval, commendation
    a message expressing a favorable opinion
  3. noun
    something that serves as evidence
    synonyms: testimony
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    good authority
    testimony by someone who should know
    strong evidence for something
    type of:
    an indication that makes something evident
  4. adjective
    expressing admiration or appreciation
    testimonial dinner”
  5. adjective
    of or relating to or constituting testimony
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