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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She was arrested, and released without bail the next day, but her actions shut down the landmark for the holiday. Jenn M. Jackson, Teen Vogue, "Black Women Are Not Your Superheroes," 9 July 2018 In some eras, Justice X was the pivot in various landmark cases; Justice Y in others; and Justice Z in still others. Akhil Reed Amar, Time, "What Justice Kennedy's Legacy Could Mean for the Future of the Supreme Court," 29 June 2018 In a landmark First Amendment case, the justices ruled 5-4 Wednesday that the government may not authorize labor unions to exact fees from public employees who choose not to join. James Taranto, WSJ, "The Lawyers Who Beat the Unions," 29 June 2018 And now, the Justice Department is asserting that the entire concept of the individual mandate is unconstitutional (the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the mandate and penalties in a landmark 2012 case). Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "Trump's War on Obamacare's Pre-Existing Conditions Rules Could Be a Boon to Democrats," 11 June 2018 But the landmark 1954 Supreme Court case, Berman v. Parker, affirmed that the government has the right to seize private property for public use as long as just compensation is provided. Allison Keyes, Smithsonian, "A New Show About Neighborhoods Facing Gentrification Offers a Cautionary Tale," 9 May 2018 As a young lawyer, Bubbie won several landmark gender equality cases before the Supreme Court in the 1970s. Clara Spera, Glamour, "Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Granddaughter: ‘You Know Her as the Notorious RBG, but She’s Bubbie to Me’," 4 May 2018 Nominees -- asked about Brown and other landmark cases -- don't always have stock answers. CNN, "Trump judicial nominee refuses to say if landmark civil rights opinion was correctly decided," 12 Apr. 2018 The new space is kitty-corner to the Seattle Public Library's central library, a landmark building designed by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, "A new Amazon Go store will open in Seattle. San Francisco and Chicago are next," 3 July 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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