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wa·​ter·​mark ˈwȯ-tər-ˌmärk How to pronounce watermark (audio)
: a mark indicating the height to which water has risen
: a marking in paper resulting from differences in thickness usually produced by pressure of a projecting design in the mold or on a processing roll and visible when the paper is held up to the light
also : the design of or the metal pattern producing the marking


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watermarked; watermarking; watermarks

transitive verb

: to mark (paper) with a watermark
: to impress (a given design) as a watermark

Examples of watermark in a Sentence

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While largely associated with the Kardashians, who are often accused of being in bed with the paparazzi, a wide range of celebrities — from Tom Cruise to Hilaria Baldwin — have appeared in photos and videos emblazoned with Backgrid’s orange watermark. Kyndall Cunningham, Vox, 4 June 2024 Shah’s image has his own watermark on it with the tag of his Instagram account dedicated to his photography, @chaa.my_, giving the impression that the whole thing was his original undertaking. Bobby Allyn, NPR, 3 June 2024
But in a February paper, researchers at the University of Maryland showed that approaches developed by Google and other tech giants to watermark their AI images could be beat. Gerrit De Vynck, Washington Post, 5 Apr. 2024 This sweeping mandate gives many key actors homework: industry leaders must provide insight into the inner workings of their most powerful systems and watermark their products to help support information integrity. Alondra Nelson, Foreign Affairs, 12 Jan. 2024 See all Example Sentences for watermark 

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Word History

First Known Use


1577, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1800, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of watermark was in 1577

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“Watermark.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/watermark. Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


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wa·​ter·​mark ˈwȯt-ər-ˌmärk How to pronounce watermark (audio)
: a mark that shows the height to which water has risen
: a mark (as the maker's name or trademark) made in paper during manufacture and visible when the paper is held up to the light


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: to mark with a watermark

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