- 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.
hallmark definition by Webster's New World
- 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
hallmark definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A mark indicating quality or excellence.
- A mark used in England to stamp gold and silver articles that meet established standards of purity.
- A conspicuous feature or characteristic: “The sense of guilt is the hallmark of civilized humanity” (Theodor Reik).
Origin: After Goldsmith's Hall in London, England, where gold and silver articles were appraised and stamped.
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.