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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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Examples from the web for landmark
  • Additionally, there is a need for architecturally significant sites to be visible from afar as a landmark or destination point.
  • It is not clear that the house would get landmark status, even if considered.
  • They will not have found a clear answer: such polls may be a landmark on the road to peace or a roadblock.
  • Thus, a seamount might serve as a kind of magnetic landmark for marine organisms in what appears to be a featureless deep ocean.
  • Pei's approval was seen as important in winning the landmark commission's ratification.
  • Spectators stumbled upon the landmark find while wading in shallow water along the river's edge.
  • It is sometimes cited as a landmark of social science.
  • The landmark ruling comes from the inner circle of a site that prides itself on being open and inclusive.
  • The rich settlement against a foreign firm is a landmark.
  • The team first developed a program that downloads multiple images of a landmark and finds common points in the architecture.
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
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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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