What Is Meant By 'Testimonial'?


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Will Martin answered
Normally a testimonial is a formal letter or similar document, testifying (ie, bearing witnes to or providing evidence of) a person's character, abilities, conduct or qualifications. The word reference is commonly used instead of testimonial.

You might ask your boss for a testimonial (or reference) when you leave your job, for instance.

A less common meaning of this word is "a gift presented to a person as a amark of esteem" (Oxford English Dictionary In this sense a retirement present given to a valued emlpoyee could also be called a testimonial. However, the first use is the normal one.

It comes from the Latin testiminoium, which means a statement made under oath (modern testimony) or a statement of fact.
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Anonymous answered
  1. A statement in support of a particular truth, fact, or claim.
  2. A written affirmation of another's character or worth; a personal recommendation.
  3. Something given in appreciation of a person's service or achievement; a tribute.
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