- The definition of a hallmark is a sign of excellence, high quality or a distinguishing feature.
An example of a hallmark to a successful deli is freshly prepared food.
- an official mark stamped on British gold and silver articles, orig. at Goldsmiths' Hall in London, as a guarantee of genuineness
- any mark or symbol of genuineness or high quality
- A mark indicating quality or excellence.
- a. A mark used in Great Britain to stamp gold, silver, and platinum articles that meet established standards of purity.b. Any of various authorized marks stamped on gold, silver, and platinum articles to indicate where, when, or by whom they were made or assayed.
- A conspicuous feature or characteristic: “The sense of guilt is the hallmark of civilized humanity” (Theodor Reik).
transitive verbhall·marked, hall·mark·ing, hall·marks
Origin of hallmarkAfter Goldsmith's Hall , in London, England, where gold and silver articles have been appraised and stamped since the 1300s.
(third-person singular simple present hallmarks, present participle hallmarking, simple past and past participle hallmarked)
- To provide or stamp with a hallmark.
hallmark - Investment & Finance Definition
A stamped impression on a bar of precious metal that lists the serial number, producer, weight, and purity of metal content.