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

n something that recommends (or expresses commendation of) a person or thing as worthy or desirable

good word, recommendation
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

n something given or done as an expression of esteem

Type of:
approval, commendation
a message expressing a favorable opinion

n something that serves as evidence

good authority
testimony by someone who should know
strong evidence for something
Type of:
an indication that makes something evident

adj expressing admiration or appreciation

testimonial dinner”

adj of or relating to or constituting testimony

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