Meaning of “the Old Testament” in the English Dictionary

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"the Old Testament" in British English

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the Old Testamentnoun [ S ]

uk /ˌəʊld ˈtes.tə.mənt/ us /ˌoʊld ˈtes.tə.mənt/

Examples from literature

  • In the Bible the very first story in the Old Testament tells us about the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge in the Garden of Eden, whose price is a loss of innocence and the promise of death. 

(Definition of “the Old Testament” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"Old Testament" in American English

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Old Testamentnoun [ U ]

us /ˈoʊld ˈtes·tə·mənt/

the holy writings of the Jewish people that form the first part of the Christian Bible

(Definition of “Old Testament” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)