1721. hall + mark, from Goldsmiths' Hall in London, the site of the assay office, official stamp of purity in gold and silver articles. Pronunciation
  • (America) IPA: /ˈhɔlmɑɹk/
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈhɔːlmɑːk/

hallmark (plural hallmarks)

  1. A distinguishing characteristic.
  2. An official marking made by a trusted party, usually an assay office, on items made of precious metals.
    • 2007. Zerzan, John. Silence.
      It can highlight our embodiment, a qualitative step away from the hallmark machines that work so resolutely to disembody us.
Translations Translations Verb

hallmark (hallmarks, present participle hallmarking; past and past participle hallmarked)

  1. To provide or stamp with a hallmark.

Proper noun
  1. Surname

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