Definition of watermark in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈwôdərˌmärk/
Pronunciation: /ˈwädərˌmärk/


A faint design made in some paper during manufacture, which is visible when held against the light and typically identifies the maker.
Example sentences
  • Information such as a watermark in the paper may help identify a place and date of production.
  • It presents the results of research on surviving prints, based on a painstaking physical examination of the paper used, watermarks and typefaces.
  • Secondly, when the bank note is held up to the light, a picture and the value of the bank note become visible as a watermark, while the security thread can also be seen as a dark line.


[with object]
Mark with a watermark.
Example sentences
  • They were duly printed out on the official paper, which was watermarked and crown headed.
  • Additionally, the paper stock used is watermarked.
  • Moreover, most paper contracted for by the military was watermarked with an eagle, wings extended.

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Syllabification: wa·ter·mark

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