from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The official stamp of the Goldsmiths' Company and other assay offices, in the United Kingdom, on gold and silver articles, attesting their purity.
- n. A distinguishing characteristic or characteristics.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In England, an official stamp put upon articles made of gold and silver as an evidence of genuineness: so called from Goldsmiths' Hall in London, the seat of the Goldsmiths' Company, by whom the, stamping is legally regulated.
- n. Hence Any mark of genuineness, good quality, or respectability.
- To assay and stamp, as with the official mark of the Goldsmiths' Company.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a distinctive characteristic or attribute
- n. a mark on an article of trade to indicate its origin and authenticity
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