landmark

noun
land·​mark | \ ˈland-ˌmärk How to pronounce landmark (audio) \

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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With three future first-round picks at his disposal, Griffin now enjoys the same flexibility that Danny Ainge has had in Boston after the landmark Nets trade in 2013. Jeff Duncan, nola.com, "Anthony Davis trade creates endless possibilities, bright future for Pelicans," 16 June 2019 Meanwhile, Iran's semi-official Tasnim news agency reported that Iranian officials will on Monday announce additional steps to reduce the country's commitments under the landmark 2015 nuclear pact, which Washington withdrew from last year. NBC News, "Saudi prince vows to confront threats after U.S. blames Iran for tanker attack," 16 June 2019 The feast of Pentecost, like every other landmark in the Orthodox calendar, will be marked by ceremonies of immense complexity, antiquity and beauty. Erasmus, The Economist, "The gift of overcoming barriers eludes the world’s Orthodox Christians," 15 June 2019 The block also includes the landmark Tree Studios property, a longtime enclave for artists. Ryan Ori, chicagotribune.com, "Landmark Medinah Temple to be redeveloped — again — by 'mayor of River North'," 14 June 2019 The Brockton school system, which was part of the landmark school funding lawsuit in 1993, raised the specter of litigation over two years ago and again last month — joined by Worcester and New Bedford officials. James Vaznis, BostonGlobe.com, "Parents to file civil rights lawsuit against state over unequal school funding," 13 June 2019 Racers will cycle through the heart of Copenhagen, passing landmarks such as the Royal Palace of Amalienborg and the harbor of Nyhavn, before finishing at Radhuspladsen (City Hall Square). New York Times, "The Tour de France to Start in Denmark in 2021," 13 June 2019 Where to stay Old Faithful Inn: A stone’s throw from Old Faithful geyser, this landmark, lodgepole pine hotel exudes warmth and old-world charm. Niloufer Venkatraman, National Geographic, "6 can’t-miss stops in Yellowstone National Park," 13 June 2019 Closer to home, Los Angeles Union Station, an Art Deco landmark built in 1939, finally has a going concern in the landmark restaurant space that held the station’s Harvey House through the 1940s and ’50s but has sat mostly idle since 1967. Christopher Reynolds, latimes.com, "Is LAX's Theme Building coming back to life as part of an on-airport hotel?," 12 June 2019

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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
US : a building or place that was important in history
: a very important event or achievement

landmark

noun
land·​mark | \ ˈland-ˌmärk How to pronounce landmark (audio) \

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 How to pronounce landmark (audio) \

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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