Definition of hallmark in English:


Syllabification: hall·mark
Pronunciation: /ˈhôlˌmärk


  • 1A mark stamped on articles of gold, silver, or platinum in Britain, certifying their standard of purity.
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    • 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.
    assay mark, official mark, stamp of authenticity
  • 1.1A distinctive feature, especially one of excellence: the tiny bubbles are the hallmark of fine champagnes
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    • 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.
    mark, distinctive feature, characteristic, sign, sure sign, telltale sign, badge, stamp, trademark, indication, indicator, calling card
    informal X factor


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  • 1Stamp with a hallmark.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.

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