hallmark
I. noun Etymology: Goldsmiths' Hall, London, England, where gold and silver articles were assayed and stamped Date: 1721 1. a. an official mark stamped on gold and silver articles in England to attest their purity b. a mark or device placed or stamped on an article of trade to indicate origin, purity, or genuineness 2. a distinguishing characteristic, trait, or feature <
the dramatic flourishes which are the hallmark of the trial lawyer — Marion K. Sanders
>
II. transitive verb Date: 1773 to stamp with a hallmark

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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