landmark

noun

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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web While the Indian capital of New Delhi is packed full of centuries-old landmarks, the DEL Centurion Lounge is loaded with modern amenities for guests to take full advantage of in between flights. Jared Ranahan, Travel + Leisure, 19 Feb. 2024 In this time of industry wide change, Wim Wenders’ films serve as reassuring landmarks for generations of cinephiles. Leo Barraclough, Variety, 18 Feb. 2024 Over the next four months, about 50 seniors spent four hours a day piecing together 60 different 1,000-piece puzzle sections featuring a world map and 187 images of artwork by Dowdle of scenic landmarks such as the Colosseum in Rome, the Taj Mahal in India and U.S. national parks. Cathy Free, Washington Post, 17 Feb. 2024 We may be headed for monthly landmark Supreme Court cases in which the former President and probable Republican nominee is one of the parties. Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker, 17 Feb. 2024 As a prominent figure in sustainable architecture, Hertz’s selections are often recycled—sourced from airplanes, refrigerators or, in the case of this $8-million Venice home, a Los Angeles landmark: the Hollywood Bowl. Spencer Elliott, Forbes, 16 Feb. 2024 In 2015, HuffPost and Artnet — along with thousands of Twitter users — accused her of plagiarism after a side-by-side depiction of J.M.W. Turner’s landmark 1840 painting The Slave Ship and Dolezal’s uncredited-to-Turner version The Shape of Our Kind shared eerie similarities. Anna Lazarus Caplan, Peoplemag, 16 Feb. 2024 In a landmark decision earlier this month, the three-judge panel on the D.C. Circuit upheld Chutkan's decision denying Trump absolute immunity. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, 14 Feb. 2024 Exactly a week after lobbyists succeeded in derailing Miami-Dade County’s landmark heat safety legislation, a lawmaker filed a bill in Tallahassee to block similar efforts in the future. Alex Harris, Miami Herald, 13 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of landmark was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Landmark.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/landmark. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

landmark

noun
land·​mark ˈlan(d)-ˌmärk How to pronounce landmark (audio)
1
: an object that marks the boundary of land
2
a
: a usually large object on land that is easy to see and can help a person find the way to a place near it
b
: an important building or monument
historical landmarks
3
: an event that marks a turning point

Medical Definition

landmark

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

Legal Definition

landmark

noun
land·​mark
often attributive
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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