Hall-mark Hall"-mark` (h[add]l"m[aum]rk`), n. 1. The official stamp of the Goldsmiths' Company and other assay offices, in the United Kingdom, on gold and silver articles, attesting their purity. [1913 Webster]

2. Hence, [figuratively]: A distinguishing characteristic or characteristics; as, a word or phrase lacks the hall-mark of the best writers. [1913 Webster +PJC]

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