Definition of trademark in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtrādˌmärk/


1A symbol, word, or words legally registered or established by use as representing a company or product.
Example sentences
  • The author cites four key types of intellectual property: trademarks, copyrights, patents, and trade secrets.
  • Legal vigilance over brand names and trademarks is a product of our hyper-litigious society.
  • You could register it as a trademark or service mark, but in this case, for what?
1.1A distinctive characteristic or object: it had all the trademarks of a Mafia hit
More example sentences
  • Remediation is a trademark characteristic of weblogs but it is hardly a new idea.
  • Her most memorable roles are stamped with her trademark characteristics, by turns wry, matey and spikily defiant.
  • Their distinctive trademarks, those interlocking guitars and precise rhythms, are sharp and slick - although the songs don't exactly leap out at you.
characteristic, hallmark, calling card, sign, trait, quality, attribute, feature, peculiarity, idiosyncrasy, quirk


[with object] (usually as adjective trademarked)
1Provide with a trademark: they are counterfeiting trademarked goods
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  • Our logo has been trademarked now in Ireland and in Europe and we're nearly finished the process in the US.
  • Then I copied the logos and trademarked slogans of the printer manufacturers and started composing my own colorful work.
  • For superfocused searches, such as determining whether a phrase is trademarked, look for a specialty search engine on that topic.
1.1Identify (a habit, quality, or way of life) as typical of someone: his trademarked grandiose style
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  • The sound is a mile away from the stadium rock that the band would trademark later in their careers.
  • I love the director's over-the-top sense of humour, especially his trademarked vision of the media of the future.
  • She founded the legendary drag festival that is held in Manhattan every year, and created her own trademarked routine of singing and dancing fused with stand-up comedy.

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Syllabification: trade·mark

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