- an official mark or stamp indicating a standard of purity, used in marking gold and silver articles assayed by the Goldsmiths' Company of London; plate mark.
- any mark or special indication of genuineness, good quality, etc.
- any distinguishing feature or characteristic: Accuracy is a hallmark of good scholarship.
- to stamp or imprint (something) with a hallmark.
Origin of hallmark
Related Words for hallmarktrademark, indication, emblem, stamp, endorsement, sign, ratification, seal, device, mark, badge, signet, certification
Examples from the Web for hallmark
Contemporary Examples of hallmark
The idea that January 1st initiates a period of new beginning is not a flash of Hallmark brilliance.New Year’s Eve, Babylon Style
December 31, 2014
They apparently took that as a sign of suspicious activity, even though that can be a hallmark of people on the autism spectrum.Worse Than Eric Garner: Cops Who Got Away With Killing Autistic Men and Little Girls
December 4, 2014
Split-ticket voting in general elections, the hallmark of so-called independents, is relatively rare.Reality Check: There Are No Swing Voters
November 13, 2014
This is the hallmark of a successful multiplatform communication strategy.ISIS Is Winning the Online Jihad Against the West
Ali Fisher, Nico Prucha
October 1, 2014
And workable solutions will require honesty—not currently a hallmark of The Gathering.The $1-Billion-a-Year Right-Wing Conspiracy You Haven’t Heard Of
September 25, 2014
Historical Examples of hallmark
You're jokers, and all that, but you're sterling, with the hallmark on.Following the Equator, Complete
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Fourth, maintaining a professional distance was a hallmark of professionalism.Nursing as Caring
Only the identity of the maker is revealed by the hallmark on American silver.Colonial Homes and Their Furnishings
Mary H. Northend
This tendency to detail, which is the hallmark of realism, constitutes decline.Heart of Man
George Edward Woodberry
What (p. 310)they meant was that it was unconventional, was without the dignity of tradition to give it its hallmark.The Building of a Book
- British an official series of marks, instituted by statute in 1300, and subsequently modified, stamped by the Guild of Goldsmiths at one of its assay offices on gold, silver, or platinum (since 1975) articles to guarantee purity, date of manufacture, etc
- a mark or sign of authenticity or excellence
- an outstanding or distinguishing feature
- (tr) to stamp with or as if with a hallmark