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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That was the case in the landmark antitrust case against Microsoft, when 20 states joined the Justice Department in suing the software giant in 1998. Steve Lohr, New York Times, "New Google and Facebook Inquiries Show Big Tech Scrutiny Is Rare Bipartisan Act," 6 Sep. 2019 It was announced in July that City would be hosting United at the Etihad Stadium for this landmark derby, rather than the adjacent Academy Stadium where the home side normally play. SI.com, "Man City Have Sold More Than 20,000 Tickets for Landmark WSL Derby Against Man Utd," 5 Sep. 2019 In her landmark 1985 novel, The Handmaid’s Tale, a totalitarian theocracy has taken over the U.S. in the midst of a fertility crisis. Time, "The Handmaid's Tale Was a Warning. Three Decades Later, Margaret Atwood Is Back With Another," 3 Sep. 2019 From landmark museums to secluded island homes, Frank Lloyd Wright’s works have left an indelible impression on the American imagination. William To, azcentral, "Love in the time of loss: ‘Shining Brow’ and the life of Frank Lloyd Wright," 30 Aug. 2019 Brauneis notes several landmark moments in the tune’s path to ubiquity. Sarah Todd, Quartzy, "The necessary vulnerability of celebrating your birthday as an adult," 30 Aug. 2019 The shift from Uber and Lyft comes as a landmark bill that would expand worker benefits in California is set for a critical vote Friday in a state Senate committee. NBC News, "Uber, Lyft propose $21 an hour minimum wage for drivers in California," 29 Aug. 2019 Judge Gee oversees implementation of the Flores Agreement, a landmark 1997 court settlement that set rules for the care of unaccompanied migrant children in government custody. Graham Kates, CBS News, "Migrant kids appealing detention might soon lose access to judges," 29 Aug. 2019 The landmark mill had trouble recovering after the recession and closed in the summer of 2015 when there was a glut of lumber and too little demand, according to an Everett Herald story from that time. Christine Clarridge, The Seattle Times, "Early-morning fire burns former Snohomish sawmill, the last of an era," 28 Aug. 2019

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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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