landmark

noun
land·mark | \ ˈland-ˌmärk \

Definition of landmark 

1 : an object (such as a stone or tree) that marks the boundary of land

2a : a conspicuous object on land that marks a locality

b : an anatomical structure used as a point of orientation in locating other structures

3 : an event or development that marks a turning point or a stage

4 : a structure (such as a building) of unusual historical and usually aesthetic interest especially : one that is officially designated and set aside for preservation

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Examples of landmark in a Sentence

The Golden Gate Bridge is a famous landmark in San Francisco. The battlefield is a national historical landmark. The moon landing is a landmark in space exploration. The decision was a landmark in legal history.
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Duterte, who has nurtured close ties with China after rising to power in 2016, has not sought immediate Chinese compliance to the landmark ruling but has vowed to discuss the decision with Beijing at some point in his six-year presidency. Fox News, "Duterte pressed to assert 2016 arbitration victory vs China," 12 July 2018 Gee made a landmark ruling in another case in 2013 that gave mentally disabled immigrants the right to legal representation if they were detained and facing deportation. Brian Melley, The Seattle Times, "Judge puts blame on Trump, Congress for immigration crisis," 10 July 2018 But activists believe the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling could be overturned following Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement announcement and President Donald Trump's promise to quickly find a conservative replacement. Lauren Castle, azcentral, "Arizona still has a law banning abortion on the books," 7 July 2018 What followed was a landmark 1910 ruling that would help shape a century’s worth of jurisprudence. Clifton Leaf, Fortune, "Brainstorm Health: Cruel and Unusual, Amazon and PillPack, Biotech IPO Madness," 28 June 2018 The landmark ruling was based on the legal doctrine of sovereign immunity, which forbids courts to consider lawsuits against the state without its consent. Bill Rankin, ajc, "Trump’s short list for high court includes two Georgia justices," 27 June 2018 The Supreme Court concluded a blockbuster term on Wednesday with a landmark ruling upholding the First Amendment rights of public workers. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Supreme Court’s Banner Year," 27 June 2018 The alleged incident took place almost a year to the day after a landmark ruling by an Israeli court that airline employees cannot ask female passengers to move seats to accommodate men. Alastair Jamieson /, NBC News, "El Al faces boycott after moving women from ultra-Orthodox Jewish men," 26 June 2018 Finally, Sotomayor invoked Korematsu v United States, a landmark 1944 ruling which held that rounding up Japanese Americans on the basis of their race and forcing them into detention camps was constitutional. Anne Branigin, The Root, "Sonia Sotomayor Reads the Supreme Court's Travel Ban Decision for Filth," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of landmark

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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landmark

noun

English Language Learners Definition of landmark

: an object or structure on land that is easy to see and recognize

: a building or place that was important in history

: a very important event or achievement

landmark

noun
land·mark | \ ˈland-ˌmärk \

Kids Definition of landmark

1 : something (as a building, a large tree, or a statue) that is easy to see and can help a person find the way to a place near it

2 : a building of historical importance

3 : a very important event or achievement The case was a landmark in legal history.

landmark

noun
land·mark | \ -ˌmärk \

Medical Definition of landmark 

1 : an anatomical structure used as a point of orientation in locating other structures (as in surgical procedures)

2 : a point on the body or skeleton from which anthropological measurements are taken

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landmark

noun, often attributive
land·mark

Legal Definition of landmark 

1 : an object (as a stone or tree) that marks a boundary of land

2 : an event or development that marks a turning point or stage a landmark decision

3 : a structure (as a building) of unusual historical or aesthetic interest especially : one that is officially designated and set aside for preservation

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