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hallmark

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noun hall·mark \ˈhȯl-ˌmärk\

Simple Definition of hallmark

  • : a quality, ability, etc., that is typical of a particular person or thing

  • : an official mark that is put on gold and silver objects in Britain to indicate their purity

Full Definition of hallmark

  1. 1 a :  an official mark stamped on gold and silver articles in England to attest their purity b :  a mark or device placed or stamped on an article of trade to indicate origin, purity, or genuineness

  2. 2 :  a distinguishing characteristic, trait, or feature <the dramatic flourishes which are the hallmark of the trial lawyer — Marion K. Sanders>

Examples of hallmark

  1. He had all the hallmarks of a great baseball player.

  2. Humor is one of the hallmarks of her style.

  3. The murder bore all the hallmarks of a serial killer's work.



Origin of hallmark

Goldsmiths' Hall, London, England, where gold and silver articles were assayed and stamped


First Known Use: 1721


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hallmark

verb hall·mark

Definition of hallmark

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to stamp with a hallmark



1773

First Known Use of hallmark

1773



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