noun hall·mark \ˈhl-ˌmärk\

: 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

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
:  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

Other Business Terms

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



Definition of HALLMARK

transitive verb
:  to stamp with a hallmark

First Known Use of HALLMARK



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