hallmark Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"hallmark" in British English

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hallmarknoun [C]

uk   /ˈhɔːl.mɑːk/  us   /ˈhɑːl.mɑːrk/

hallmark noun [C] (CHARACTERISTIC)

a ​typicalcharacteristic or ​feature of a ​person or thing: Simplicity is a hallmark of this ​design. This ​explosion bears/has all the hallmarks of (= is ​likely to have been) a ​terroristattack.

hallmark noun [C] (MARK)

in the UK, an ​officialmark put on ​objects made of ​gold or ​silver that ​showstheirplace and ​year of ​origin and how ​pure the ​metal is that is used to make them

hallmarkverb [T]

uk   /ˈhɔːl.mɑːk/  us   /ˈhɑːl.mɑːrk/
UK to put an ​officialmark on an ​object made of ​gold or ​silver
(Definition of hallmark from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"hallmark" in American English

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hallmarknoun [C]

 us   /ˈhɔlˌmɑrk/
a ​typicalcharacteristic or ​feature of a ​person or thing: An ​independentpress is one of the hallmarks of a ​freesociety.
(Definition of hallmark from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"hallmark" in Business English

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hallmarknoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈhɔːlmɑːk/
an ​attitude or ​quality that is ​thought to be typical of a ​person or ​organization: Recent documentaries have embodied the ​pioneering spirit that has come to be the channel's hallmark. the hallmarks of sth We have a ​system of ​openjustice in this country that we believe to be one of the hallmarks of a ​democraticsociety.
a ​sign or ​symbol used by ​manufacturers of ​products made from ​gold, silver, or platinum that ​shows that the metal is of good ​quality, as well as the ​date and ​place it was ​manufactured

hallmarkverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈhɔːlmɑːk/
to put a hallmark on a ​product made from ​gold, silver, or platinum: Scottish antique ​pieces are usually neither ​signed nor hallmarked.
(Definition of hallmark from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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