trade-mark

trademark

[treyd-mahrk]
noun
1.
any name, symbol, figure, letter, word, or mark adopted and used by a manufacturer or merchant in order to designate his or her goods and to distinguish them from those manufactured or sold by others. A trademark is a proprietary term that is usually registered with the Patent and Trademark Office to assure its exclusive use by its owner.
2.
a distinctive mark or feature particularly characteristic of or identified with a person or thing.
verb (used with object)
3.
to stamp or otherwise place a trademark designation upon.
4.
to register the trademark of.

Origin:
1565–75; trade + mark1

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trademark (ˈtreɪdˌmɑːk)
 
n
1.  the name or other symbol used to identify the goods produced by a particular manufacturer or distributed by a particular dealer and to distinguish them from products associated with competing manufacturers or dealers. A trademark that has been officially registered and is therefore legally protected is known as a Registered Trademark
2.  any distinctive sign or mark of the presence of a person or animal
 
vb
3.  to label with a trademark
4.  to register as a trademark

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