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[treyd-mahrk] /ˈtreɪdˌmɑrk/
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.
a distinctive mark or feature particularly characteristic of or identified with a person or thing.
verb (used with object)
to stamp or otherwise place a trademark designation upon.
to register the trademark of.
Origin of trademark
1565-75; trade + mark1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for trademark
  • The ice age that created the countries' trademark fjords would not occur until millions of years later.
  • At stake are multimillion-dollar budgets that depend on trademark rights to raise revenue for the challenge campaigns.
  • trademark holders want to be able to defend their brands online.
  • trademark laws protect the trademarked names from being used by anyone other than the registered company.
  • trademark enforcement has dropped sharply on everyone's list of priorities.
  • Arrests and charges of trademark and copyright infringement are pending.
  • Few companies can afford the legal costs of fighting for all their trademark claims.
  • Rather, the domain name must have been registered with the bad faith intent to later sell it to the trademark holder.
  • His moustache was a trademark insured for an incredible amount.
  • Sadly, the first element to be scaled back is the series' trademark fatalities.
British Dictionary definitions for trademark


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
any distinctive sign or mark of the presence of a person or animal
verb (transitive)
to label with a trademark
to register as a trademark
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Word Origin and History for trademark

1838 (the thing itself attested continuously from 14c.), from trade (n.) + mark (n.1). Figurative use by 1869. As a verb, from 1904. Related: Trademarked; trademarking.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for trademark


  1. railroad tracks (WWII Army)
  2. The scars or puncture marks caused by narcotics injections: wear long sleeves (to cover their ''tracks,'' needle marks) (1960s+ Narcotics)
Related Terms

hen tracks, stop someone or something dead in someone's or something's tracks, the wrong side of the tracks

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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