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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.
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. 2014.
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Examples from the web for landmarks
  • Pilots flew by day, using visible landmarks to guide them.
  • Odder still, equivalent routes that have landmarks on them are also reckoned to be longer than routes that do not.
  • Using the application a tourist can stroll through the streets of a city and view the names of the landmarks in the vicinity.
  • The landmarks of his life turned out to be all around.
  • The city declared the charming but architecturally undistinguished buildings historic landmarks, blocking demolition for a year.
  • The landmarks had changed over the decades, and memories had faded.
  • The pictures included photos and drawings of celebrities as well as landmarks and various familiar objects.
  • Navigators have used magnetic north for centuries to orient themselves when they're far from recognizable landmarks.
  • Indeed, important jazz landmarks lie well beyond the five boroughs and past big-city limits.
  • landmarks, street names a lesson in local history.
British Dictionary definitions for landmarks


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 landmarks



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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landmarks 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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