Pronunciation: (hôl'märk"), [key]
1. an official mark or stamp indicating a standard of purity, used in marking gold and silver articles assayed by the Goldsmiths' Company of London; plate mark.
2. any mark or special indication of genuineness, good quality, etc.
3. any distinguishing feature or characteristic: Accuracy is a hallmark of good scholarship.
to stamp or imprint (something) with a hallmark.
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