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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The hill’s landmark is the gleaming Notre-Dame Basilica, built in the late 1800s. Rick Steves' Europe, The Seattle Times, "Loving Lyon: France’s culinary capital is off the tourist path," 20 Feb. 2019 Shutterstock Located in the Red Square in Moscow, Russia, Saint Basil’s Cathedral originally contained 10 churches but now functions as a museum and national landmark. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 25 most colorful cities in the world," 19 Feb. 2019 Update: On November 30, 1998, gamers began to learn that being stealthy could be a viable strategy, too—that's because game developers at Looking Glass released the landmark first-person sneaker, Thief: The Dark Project. Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, "War Stories: Thief’s intuitive stealth system wasn’t intuitive to design," 2 Dec. 2018 Catch the Eiffel Tower sparkling The Eiffel Tower is an iconic landmark for a reason. Hanna Howard, Teen Vogue, "Paris Study Abroad: 7 Things to Do That Won’t Take All Your Euros," 12 Oct. 2018 Yesterday, the pop star was spotted serenading his model fiancée in front of a very famous London landmark: Buckingham Palace. Vogue, "Justin Bieber Held an Impromptu Concert for Hailey Baldwin Outside Buckingham Palace," 19 Sep. 2018 Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev said this summer's Helsinki summit could go down in history as a major landmark if Putin and Trump make steps toward cooperation. Anchorage Daily News, "Putin, Trump to hold summit in Helsinki on July 16," 29 June 2018 The landmark hotel dates back to 1856 but new owners Iwan and Manuela Wirth have put a real focus on the property's art during the renovation. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Prince Charles and Camilla Tour the Newly Renovated Fife Arms, Which Features Art by Queen Victoria," 11 Jan. 2019 The campaign finance landscape looked very different in midterm cycles before 2014 thanks to the landmark Supreme Court decision in 2010, Citizens United and related cases, which paved the way for super PACs. Rani Molla, Recode, "Silicon Valley’s Democrats aren’t galvanized by Trump any more than Republicans are — if you look at their donation history," 5 Nov. 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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