[ land-mahrk ]
/ ˈlændˌmɑrk /


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.

verb (used with object)

to declare (a building, site, etc.) a landmark: a movement to landmark New York's older theaters.

Nearby words

  1. landlordism,
  2. landlordly,
  3. landlouper,
  4. landlubber,
  5. landman,
  6. landmass,
  7. landmine,
  8. lando,
  9. landon,
  10. landor

Origin of landmark

before 1000; Middle English; Old English landmearc. See land, mark1

Related formsun·land·marked, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for landmarked

  • Bell Book & Candle opened in December 2010 in a landmarked building in NYC's West Village.

    Fresh Picks|John Mooney|April 12, 2011|DAILY BEAST

British Dictionary definitions for landmarked


/ (ˈlændˌmɑːk) /


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
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Word Origin and History for landmarked



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper