Meaning of “hallmark” in the English Dictionary

"hallmark" in British English

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hallmarknoun [ C ]

uk /ˈhɔːl.mɑːk/ us /ˈhɑːl.mɑːrk/

hallmark noun [ C ] (MARK)

in the UK, an official mark put on objects made of gold or silver that shows their place 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 official mark 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 typical characteristic or feature of a person or thing:

An independent press is one of the hallmarks of a free society.

(Definition of “hallmark” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"hallmark" in Business English

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hallmarknoun [ C ]

uk /ˈhɔːlmɑːk/ us

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 open justice in this country that we believe to be one of the hallmarks of a democratic society.

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 /ˈhɔːlmɑːk/ us

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)