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[treyd-mahrk] /ˈtreɪdˌmɑrk/
any name, symbol, figure, letter, word, or mark adopted and used by a manufacturer or merchant in order to designate specific goods and to distinguish them from those manufactured or sold by others. A trademark is proprietary and is usually registered with the Patent and Trademark Office to assure its exclusive use by its owner or licensee.
a distinctive mark or feature particularly characteristic of or identified with a person or thing (often used attributively):
her trademark wit and sarcasm.
verb (used with object)
to stamp or otherwise place a trademark designation upon.
to register the trademark of.
See also proprietary name.
Origin of trademark
First recorded in 1565-75; trade + mark1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • She is well known—she is a well known designer, she has a name practically as a trademark.

    Warren Commission (9 of 26): Hearings Vol. IX (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • Bear in mind that your name is to you what a trademark is to a manufacturer.

  • Mrs. Tupper figured that if a trademark has advertising pull for a manufacturing concern, it would help the farm business.

    How To Write Special Feature Articles Willard Grosvenor Bleyer
  • Copyright the words 'Crimson Cord' as trademark for every possible thing.

    Perkins of Portland Ellis Parker Butler
  • The amazing thing is that they all bear the—shall we say—trademark of the same Controller.

    The Penal Cluster Ivar Jorgensen (AKA Randall Garrett)
British Dictionary definitions for trademark


the name or other symbol used to identify the goods produced by a particular manufacturer or distributed by a particular dealer and to distinguish them from products associated with competing manufacturers or dealers. A trademark that has been officially registered and is therefore legally protected is known as a Registered Trademark
any distinctive sign or mark of the presence of a person or animal
verb (transitive)
to label with a trademark
to register as a trademark
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for trademark

1838 (the thing itself attested continuously from 14c.), from trade (n.) + mark (n.1). Figurative use by 1869. As a verb, from 1904. Related: Trademarked; trademarking.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for trademark



A person's particular trait or strong point; someone's MIDDLE NAME: Shyness is not my trademark (1869+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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