noun ear·mark \ˈir-ˌmärk\

: a mark or quality that shows what something is or what it could be

Full Definition of EARMARK

:  a mark of identification on the ear of an animal
:  a distinguishing mark <all the earmarks of poverty>
:  a provision in Congressional legislation that allocates a specified amount of money for a specific project, program, or organization

First Known Use of EARMARK

15th century



: to say that something will be used or treated in a specified way

: to put (money) aside for a special purpose

Full Definition of EARMARK

transitive verb
a :  to mark (livestock) with an earmark
b :  to mark in a distinguishing manner
:  to designate (as funds) for a specific use or owner <money earmarked for education>

Examples of EARMARK

  1. The project uses funds that had been earmarked for education.
  2. <the earnings from my second job have been earmarked for a down payment on a car>

First Known Use of EARMARK


Other Business Terms

amortize, caveat emptor, clearinghouse, divest, due diligence, emolument, green-collar, marque, overhead, perquisite


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