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 The House also proposed pouring $5.5 billion into direct local aid for schools, an effort to meet the state’s commitments under a recent landmark education law. BostonGlobe.com, "Mass. House leaders unveil $47.6b spending plan that forgoes broad-based tax hikes," 14 Apr. 2021 Once again, the party’s semantic negligence has put the fate of a landmark law in the hands of its adversaries. Simon Lazarus, The New Republic, "The Republican Legal Assault on Biden’s Covid Relief Plan Could Be Devastating for Democrats," 29 Mar. 2021 Our popular local landmark has gotten another paint job. Shelby Stewart, Chron, "The 'Be Someone' sign now reads 'COVID-1984'," 23 Mar. 2021 For adventure seekers, more than 1,000 miles of hiking, biking, and paddling trails make the area's outdoor scene shine as bright as its landmark illuminated Roanoke Star atop Mill Mountain. Kelsey Ogletree, Southern Living, "How to Explore Virginia's Blue Ridge from Roanoke," 19 Mar. 2021 Earlier Thursday, Biden signed his landmark $1.9 trillion COVID-19 spending package into law. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "'Don't want to do that again': Biden warns of possible return of coronavirus restrictions," 11 Mar. 2021 Attorneys in the murder trial of Chauvin, accused of killing Floyd by kneeling on his neck for more than nine minutes in May, gathered Monday at the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis for the start of the landmark trial. Washington Post, "Murder trial of Derek Chauvin, accused of killing George Floyd, begins in Minnesota," 7 Mar. 2021 The landmark law, co-sponsored by Collins in the Senate, authorizes nearly $3 billion on conservation projects, outdoor recreation and maintenance of national parks and other public lands. Matthew Daly, Star Tribune, "Collins to back Haaland for Interior, sealing her approval," 3 Mar. 2021 Patrick Brennan had long lobbied to start a king cake program for his family‘s landmark Brennan’s Restaurant (417 Royal St., 504-525-9711), but the busy pace of Carnival season always seemed to push it to the back burner. Ian Mcnulty, NOLA.com, "In a season of unknowns, New Orleans restaurants find a sure thing with king cake," 26 Jan. 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 21 Apr. 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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