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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Recent Examples on the Web Built in 1939 in a blend of Spanish Colonial, Mission Revival and Art Deco styles, the historic landmark presented unique challenges for production designer David Rockwell; for example, nothing could be attached to the ceiling or the floor. Josh Rottenberg, Los Angeles Times, "Masks at the Oscars? Here’s how the Academy Awards are happening in person," 25 Apr. 2021 Rockwell selected the historic Union Station, an LA landmark that was originally constructed in 1939. Helena Madden, Robb Report, "How LA’s Historic Union Station Was Transformed Into a One-of-a-Kind Oscars Venue," 23 Apr. 2021 Palestinians say police have tried to prevent them from holding their usual Ramadan evening gatherings outside Damascus Gate, an historic landmark on the north side of the Old City and adjacent to several Palestinian neighborhoods. NBC News, "Israeli police arrest dozens after night of violence, anti-Arab chants in Jerusalem," 23 Apr. 2021 That was the aim—and outcome—of the landmark’s recent $35 million renovation. Chris Dorsey, Forbes, "Beverly Hilton, The Sequel—If These Pillows Could Talk," 21 Apr. 2021 In exchange, the venerable landmark in the Station North neighborhood was renamed the Patricia and Arthur Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric. Mary Carole Mccauley, baltimoresun.com, "The Lyric removes the Modell name from its historic Baltimore theater, severing relationship with benefactors," 20 Apr. 2021 Around 150 firefighters were tackling the blaze on Monday, which began in Cape Town's Table Mountain National Park, damaging buildings and prompting the evacuation of hikers from the city's most famous landmark. Sarah Dean, CNN, "Man detained as 'out of control' Cape Town fires continue to rage," 19 Apr. 2021 In 1977, the landmark ABC miniseries brought the horrors of American slavery to the forefront of pop culture and shattered ratings records in the process. Amy Haneline, USA TODAY, "LeVar Burton is 'serious' about wanting to be the new permanent host of 'Jeopardy!'," 19 Apr. 2021 The concept of reasonableness has been crucial at trials of officers ever since the landmark Graham v. Connor ruling 32 years ago by the U.S. Supreme Court. Michael Tarm, Star Tribune, "EXPLAINER: Chauvin defense argues he acted reasonably," 19 Apr. 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/landmark. Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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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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