from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A mark indicating quality or excellence.
- n. A mark used in England to stamp gold and silver articles that meet established standards of purity.
- n. A conspicuous feature or characteristic: "The sense of guilt is the hallmark of civilized humanity” ( Theodor Reik).
- transitive v. To stamp (gold and silver articles) with a mark indicating purity.
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- n. A distinguishing characteristic.
- n. An official marking made by a trusted party, usually an assay office, on items made of precious metals.
- v. To provide or stamp with a hallmark
A proper indicator of this hallmark is the presence of messages that attempt to establish an association between the targeted group and the exploitation and victimization of a societal group.
In a government whose hallmark is supposed to be the separation of powers, federal prosecutors are a glaring and dangerous exception.
The wrap rollout comes on the heels of a giveaway on national Doughnut Day on Friday — a free doughnut with beverage purchase — that highlighted a Dunkin 'hallmark neither McDonald's nor Starbucks could match (Krispy Kreme, however, also gave away doughnuts for the day).
Our Center's hallmark is its coordinated, multidisciplinary approach.
Ms. Resnick's hallmark is her marketing prowess, which she used to turn a little-eaten fruit into a product known to millions.
Although the majority of cases are ones in which children are exploited, this hallmark is not limited to victimization of children.
Its hallmark is the phenomenon of spontaneous coordination.
The syndrome's hallmark is agonizing, burning pain.
In fact, Alzheimer's sort of hallmark is short-term memory loss.
Franklin's hallmark is a veneer of Southern graciousness.