- a prominent or conspicuous object on land that serves as a guide, especially to ships at sea or to travelers on a road; a distinguishing landscape feature marking a site or location: The post office served as a landmark for locating the street to turn down.
- something used to mark the boundary of land.
- a building or other place that is of outstanding historical, aesthetic, or cultural importance, often declared as such and given a special status (landmark designation), ordaining its preservation, by some authorizing organization.
- a significant or historic event, juncture, achievement, etc.: The court decision stands as a landmark in constitutional law.
- to declare (a building, site, etc.) a landmark: a movement to landmark New York's older theaters.
Origin of landmark
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Examples from the Web for landmark
The Supreme Court eventually stepped in and ended legal segregation in the landmark 1954 decision, Brown v. Board of Education.The ‘No Child’ Rewrite Threatens Your Kids’ Future
January 3, 2015
Thursday evening will prove to be a landmark night in TV history.The Ultimate 'Colbert Report' Supercut
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December 18, 2014
He was impressed by her landmark 2011 Human Rights Day speech linking fighting for gay rights to American foreign policy.Gay Activist David Mixner: I Mercy Killed 8 People
October 29, 2014
Of course, as Landmark notes, the procedure is not without risk.Blood Is Ebola’s Weapon and Weakness
October 26, 2014
Moreover, under Eric Holder the Justice Department has vigorously enforced the landmark Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr.Eric Holder’s Legacy: Bold on Equality, Less So on Civil Liberties
Geoffrey R. Stone
September 26, 2014
In the morning some peak in the blue distance would be noted as a landmark.The Long Labrador Trail
And eagerly he recognized, and loved, every landmark on the road.A Boy I Knew and Four Dogs
"Yander's Jemmy-Danny-Billy's," they would say, and steer home by that landmark.The Little Manx Nation - 1891
Tom was at the masthead, endeavouring to pick up some landmark.The Last Voyage
Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
The church is cruciform, and its spire the landmark for the surrounding country.England, Picturesque and Descriptive
- a prominent or well-known object in or feature of a particular landscape
- an important or unique decision, event, fact, discovery, etc
- a boundary marker or signpost
Word Origin and History for landmark
Old English landmearc, from land (n.) + mearc (see mark (n.1)). Originally "object set up to mark the boundaries of a kingdom, estate, etc.;" general sense of "conspicuous object in a landscape" is from 1560s. Modern figurative sense of "event, etc., considered a high point in history" is from 1859.