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 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 : a distinguishing characteristic, trait, or feature <the dramatic flourishes which are the hallmark of the trial lawyer — Marion K. Sanders>
Examples of hallmark
He had all the hallmarks of a great baseball player.
Humor is one of the hallmarks of her style.
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
Rhymes with hallmark
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Definition of hallmark
: to stamp with a hallmark
First Known Use of hallmark
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