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trademark

[treyd-mahrk] /ˈtreɪdˌmɑrk/
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
1565-1575
1565-75; trade + mark1
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  • 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

trademark

/ˈtreɪdˌmɑːk/
noun
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
verb (transitive)
3.
to label with a trademark
4.
to register as a trademark
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Word Origin and History for trademark
n.

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

trademark

noun

A person's particular trait or strong point; someone's MIDDLE NAME: Shyness is not my trademark (1869+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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