Definition of hallmark in English:

hallmark

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Pronunciation: /ˈhɔːlmɑːk
 
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noun

  • 1A mark stamped on articles of gold, silver, or platinum by the British assay offices, 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.
    Synonyms
    assay mark, official mark, authentication mark, stamp of authenticity, stamp of authentication
  • 1.1A distinctive feature: 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.
    Synonyms
    distinctive feature, mark, sign, indicator, indication, sure sign, telltale sign; feature, characteristic, trait, attribute, property, quality; trademark, earmark, stamp, badge, symbol

verb

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  • 1Stamp with a hallmark: he was reprimanded for not hallmarking his work
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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.
  • 1.1Mark as distinctive: this attitude hallmarks many a Briton’s behaviour abroad
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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.

Origin

early 18th century (as a noun): from Goldsmiths' Hall in London, where articles were tested and stamped with such a mark.

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