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[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.
Origin of landmark
before 1000; Middle English; Old English landmearc. See land, mark1
Related forms
unlandmarked, adjective
4. milestone, watershed, benchmark. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The big white house in which Henry Lee made his home was a landmark in southeast Arizona.

    Bat Wing Bowles Dane Coolidge
  • "Yander's Jemmy-Danny-Billy's," they would say, and steer home by that landmark.

  • The Declaration of Independence gave dignity to our Revolutionary contest, and made it a landmark of human progress.

  • Why, if it had a landmark like that there should be no trouble.

    The Treasure Trail Marah Ellis Ryan
  • Wargrave looked about him and for the first time realised that they were far out in the desert without a landmark to guide them.

    The Jungle Girl Gordon Casserly
British Dictionary definitions for landmark


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for landmark

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
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landmark in the Bible

a boundary line indicated by a stone, stake, etc. (Deut. 19:14; 27:17; Prov. 22:28; 23:10; Job 24:2). Landmarks could not be removed without incurring the severe displeasure of God.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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