Meaning of hallmark


A hallmark is a distinctive characteristic of something or someone. That can mean a literal symbol on the bottom of a piece of pottery, or just a rock star’s signature hair style.

Though some products have real hallmarks on them, indicating their creator or origin, this word is usually used in a less literal way to describe a unique attribute, a special style, or typical feature. A basketball player could say that coming to practice early is a hallmark of her success. A business could say their success is a hallmark of their commitment to customers. And you could definitely say Elvis’ hip swivel was a hallmark of his performances.

Definitions of hallmark
  1. noun

    a mark on an article of trade to indicate its origin and authenticity


    assay-mark, authentication

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    type of:

    insignia, mark, marker, marking

    a distinguishing symbol

  2. noun

    a distinctive characteristic or attribute


    earmark, stylemark, trademark

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    mold, mould

    a distinctive nature, character, or type
    type of:


    a distinguishing quality

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