landmark

noun land·mark \ ˈland-ˌmärk \
Updated on: 8 Dec 2017

Definition of landmark

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

Examples of landmark in a Sentence

  1. The Golden Gate Bridge is a famous landmark in San Francisco.

  2. The battlefield is a national historical landmark.

  3. The moon landing is a landmark in space exploration.

  4. The decision was a landmark in legal history.

Recent Examples of landmark from the Web

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First Known Use of landmark

before 12th century

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LANDMARK Defined for English Language Learners

landmark

noun

Definition of landmark for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

landmark

noun land·mark \ ˈland-ˌmärk \

Definition of landmark for Students

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.

Medical Dictionary

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

Law Dictionary

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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