- 1A mark stamped on articles of gold, silver, or platinum in Britain, certifying their standard of purity.More example sentences
assay mark, official mark, stamp of authenticity
- This is to be an appeal against the proposal by Italy for the abandonment of hallmarks on gold and silver throughout the EU.
- He listed the weight of silver, the hallmarks and commented on the quality of the workmanship.
- Also included is a section titled ‘Who's Who in the House of Faberge,’ giving the workmasters, the companies, and their hallmarks and other stamps.
- 1.1A distinctive feature, especially one of excellence: the tiny bubbles are the hallmark of fine champagnesMore example sentences
- Intellectual consistency is the hallmark of a fine legal mind.
- They may not be the best hurling team around but they have some fine players and the hallmark of their play is honest endeavour.
- A true coffee lover knows that the hallmark of a truly fine establishment is the free refill.
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- 1Stamp with a hallmark.More example sentences
- For 700 years - let me repeat that for 700 years we have had a system for hallmarking precious metals.
- The phone is hallmarked by the Swiss Assay office.
- The Carriage Office continues to license taxis and hackneys in the city and the Assay Office, which hallmarks genuine silver artifacts, also perpetuates a centuries old tradition.
- 1.1Designate as distinctive, especially for excellence.More example sentences
- The brand personality is consistently hallmarked by individuality, innovation, competence and non-conformism.
- Retrocalcaneal bursitis is a distinct entity hallmarked by pain that is anterior to the Achilles tendon and just superior to its insertion on the os calcis.
- So if you fancy black silk sheets hallmarked with the name of your house, or silk organza drapes emblazoned with unicorns - all you have to do is ask.
early 18th century (as a noun): from Goldsmiths' Hall in London, England, where articles were tested and stamped with such a mark.