Definition of landmark in English:

landmark

Line breaks: land|mark
Pronunciation: /ˈlan(d)mɑːk
 
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noun

  • 1An object or feature of a landscape or town that is easily seen and recognized from a distance, especially one that enables someone to establish their location: the spire was once a landmark for ships sailing up the river
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    • Acquire a ten-digit grid location of a landmark easily picked out on imagery such as a road intersection.
    • It paints a very recognisable picture of Swindon, mentioning the train station and other landmarks in the town centre.
    • Gamers familiar with some tracks will easily be able to pick out certain landmarks or other features from their real-life counterparts.
    Synonyms
    marker, mark, indicator, guiding light, leading light, signal, beacon, lodestar, sign
  • 1.1North American A building or monument of historical importance: the entire town has been designated a National Historic Landmark
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    • We must continue to bear security checks at our major sporting events, our theme parks, and our major historic landmarks and buildings.
    • Neon lights, theatrically lighted landmarks and monuments, and carnivals all present picture opportunities that don't show up by daylight.
    • As a heritage trail, the park includes a network of major cultural landmarks, principal monuments, historic sites and open spaces.
    Synonyms
    monument, distinctive/prominent feature, sight, spectacle
  • 1.2 historical The boundary of an area of land, or an object marking this: at certain points of the boundary the men would beat the landmark with their sticks
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    • It's a landmark and a county boundary that links East to West.
    Synonyms
    boundary marker, demarcator, boundary line, boundary fence, pale, picket; Architecture terminus
  • 2An event or discovery marking an important stage or turning point in something: the vaccine is a landmark in the history of preventive medicine
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    • In 1960 he helped organize the first Situation exhibition, an important landmark in British abstract art.
    • The National Pension Program is an important landmark in Taiwan's evolution toward a welfare state.
    • Recently the parliamentary elections were held in Uzbekistan which become an important landmark in further democratization of the country.
    Synonyms
    turning point, milestone, watershed, critical point, historic event, major achievement; crisis, divide

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