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. It consists of various marks placed close together, as follows: the mark indicating the standard, as, for silver of the new standard, a figure of Britannia and a lion's head erased; the mark of the assay-town, as a crown for Sheffield or an anchor for Birmingham; a mark denoting that the duty has been paid; the date-mark, consisting of a letter of the alphabet for each year, in series of differing style or design; the maker's mark, usually two or more initial letters; the workman's mark, which is not always present.
- n. Hence Any mark of genuineness, good quality, or respectability.
- To assay and stamp, as with the official mark of the Goldsmiths' Company.
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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.
- n. a distinctive characteristic or attribute
- n. a mark on an article of trade to indicate its origin and authenticity
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“Senate to speak forcefully of the incompetence which is the hall-mark of the entire Iraq debacle.”
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