landmark

noun
land·​mark | \ˈland-ˌmärk \

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 24-year-old landmark legislation is the most comprehensive bundle of policy and funding authorized by Congress to combat violence against women and girls. Rebecca Nagle, Teen Vogue, "The Violence Against Women Act Doesn't Include the Majority of Alaska Native Women," 29 Nov. 2018 Her influence is seen and felt through Cambridge’s many murals, landmarks, and museums, including the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center, which has attracted history enthusiasts from around the country to learn more about her legacy. Brittany Britto, baltimoresun.com, "Weekend adventure: A visitor's guide to history-rich Cambridge," 2 July 2018 Unlike other tours that might expose food adventurers to several different eateries in a city, Seattle Bites showcases only what’s inside Pike Place Market — one of the Emerald City’s most recognizable landmarks and popular tourist attraction. Roxana A. Soto, USA TODAY, "Sample regional flavors with culinary experts," 30 June 2018 Swallow's Nest cocktails will be named for Houston landmarks and famous athletes such Hakeem Olajuwan, Earl Campbell and Nolan Ryan. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "Swallow’s Nest and St. Jac’s bars join Finn Hall," 25 June 2018 The walk doesn’t comprise a continuous route but rather individual walks in certain cities and locations — key military sites, national landmarks and the like. Melissa Fletcher Stoeltje, San Antonio Express-News, "Walking the walk for veterans’ mental health," 16 June 2018 While some folks will give you the exact street names and mileage, most small-town Southerners will share directions in a more colorful way – with landmarks and sight-seeing options along the way. Southern Living, "When You Ask A Southerner For Directions," 14 June 2018 The Victorian Gothic structure, completed in 1878, is a Milwaukee and state landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Annysa Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Religious artwork, ritual items retrieved from charred remains of Trinity church," 17 May 2018 Resplendent in Spring 2018’s neon blazer and skintight leggings combo, Musgraves pulled off another daring suit to celebrate the landmark win. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "In Versace, Kacey Musgraves Gave the CMAs Its Fashion Moment," 15 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

: a building or place that was important in history

: a very important event or achievement

landmark

noun
land·​mark | \ˈland-ˌmärk \

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 \

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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