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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And while most of us would agree that helping to rebuild one of the world's historical landmarks is a good cause, all aid comes at the expense of something else. Dennis Tang, Teen Vogue, "Trump's Offer to Help Notre-Dame Rebuild Doesn't Match His Response to Puerto Rico's Disaster," 19 Apr. 2019 The Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris is easily one of the most iconic landmarks in a city that's already filled with famous sights. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "What Caused the Massive Fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral?," 16 Apr. 2019 The graphics, which represent a map of Westeros, shows the interiors of landmarks in GoT like Winterfell and King's Landing. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Game of Thrones Season 8 Title Sequence Is Completely Different," 15 Apr. 2019 The landmark ended up inspiring several pieces from Gucci’s Spring Summer 2017 collection. Vogue, "These Are the 6 Gucci-Approved Places to Travel in 2019," 22 Jan. 2019 The statue depicts the Virgin Mary in the likeness of the Statue of Liberty, with a torch similar to the New York City landmark, KGTV reported Friday. Fox News, "Border church seeks funds to build pro-immigrant statue of Virgin Mary," 7 Oct. 2018 But the California Coastal Commission stepped in and voided the entire gate operation, citing the state’s landmark Coastal Act, which declares that access to the beach is a fundamental right guaranteed to everyone. Rosanna Xia, latimes.com, "Santa Cruz neighborhood rejects state orders to open beach for free," 11 July 2018 On its journey to Montgomery, that jar will be accompanied by 100 people expected to leave Charlottesville on Sunday by bus for a pilgrimage through the civil rights landmarks of the South. Joe Heim, Washington Post, "Sacred ground, now reclaimed: A Charlottesville story," 7 July 2018 The new box set edition of Guns N' Roses' Appetite For Destruction (Polydor/UMC/Universal) sees the 1987 landmark back on the chart at No. Paul Sexton, Billboard, "George Ezra's 'Shotgun' Becomes First U.K. No. 1 Single to Include Video Streams," 7 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
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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