Definition of landmark in English:



  • 1An object or feature of a landscape or town that is easily seen and recognized from a distance, especially one that enables someone to establish their location.

    ‘the spire was once a landmark for ships sailing up the river’
    • ‘The chairperson also remarked she was delighted to be able to plant such a special Easter tree and hoped it would grow big and strong to become a recognised landmark in the town.’
    • ‘Acquire a ten-digit grid location of a landmark easily picked out on imagery such as a road intersection.’
    • ‘It would be a shame to lose it - it is the landmark of the town centre.’
    • ‘Don't just look for landmarks and terrain features, take their measure, too.’
    • ‘Survey work on one of Old Town's most familiar landmarks has been carried out this week.’
    • ‘Daniel has photographed participants in the projects and their families at familiar landmarks around the town.’
    • ‘Yesterday when they went in Robert Green said he was able to recognize a landmark.’
    • ‘It paints a very recognisable picture of Swindon, mentioning the train station and other landmarks in the town centre.’
    • ‘I recognize familiar landmarks along my way, little stores, bits of graffiti, the gate with all the metal horseheads on it.’
    • ‘Each evening they present a slide show of the next day's features so you can recognise the landmarks on the journey through.’
    • ‘Just over the Yorkshire border, Stoodley Pike is a prominent landmark overlooking the textile towns of Calderdale.’
    • ‘Towering over Potato Market, it has engrained itself into the psyche of the town and has become a recognised landmark.’
    • ‘Mr Dodds' theory is based on a map, clearly showing the town's landmarks, which was supposedly drawn up in 1974.’
    • ‘‘It can be a landmark they recognize or a beach they were on,’ Rosenthal said.’
    • ‘He looked around, recognizing the familiar landmarks and geography of Pommer Inn.’
    • ‘While at sea, he sketched the coastlines, reckoned distances between landmarks, and carefully observed the winds and the tides.’
    • ‘The clock was always there and was a terrific landmark for the town.’
    • ‘Other episodes use spectacular photography to show Australia's tropical rainforests, swamps, wildlife, deserts, seas and natural landmarks.’
    • ‘Gamers familiar with some tracks will easily be able to pick out certain landmarks or other features from their real-life counterparts.’
    • ‘The depiction of Tralee past and present incorporates a streets scene and a map of the town identifying major landmarks.’
    marker, mark, indicator, guiding light, leading light, signal, beacon, lodestar, sign
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    1. 1.1North American A building or monument of historical importance.
      ‘the entire town has been designated a National Historic Landmark’
      • ‘The Museum itself is a landmark on the European historical scene, covering hundreds of years of German-Jewish history.’
      • ‘As a heritage trail, the park includes a network of major cultural landmarks, principal monuments, historic sites and open spaces.’
      • ‘The historical landmarks were to them simply places to meet, greet and handle daily business.’
      • ‘It asks if attacks are likely on U.S. cities, buildings or landmarks by the end of this year.’
      • ‘To most people, the Empire State Building is the defining landmark of New York City.’
      • ‘It's been declared a historical landmark, so it's basically off-limits to any repainting.’
      • ‘You can visit historical landmarks such as Fort Louisbourg and Halifax Citadel.’
      • ‘A well-maintained, but hard to find trail leads from the main road to the John Jay cemetery, which I presume is a historical landmark.’
      • ‘We must continue to bear security checks at our major sporting events, our theme parks, and our major historic landmarks and buildings.’
      • ‘But his birth home in Epworth, in Greenwood County, S.C., has become a historical landmark.’
      • ‘Once moving, the route took riders through the downtown Washington area, past the most noted monuments and landmarks.’
      • ‘Only a trip to the land and a chance to walk the historical landmarks would help him put to rest and understand that portion of the myth.’
      • ‘The Rock of Cashel tops the list of the most popular historical landmarks in the country with more than 100,000 visitors annually.’
      • ‘From here you can gaze out at some of Scotland's most historical landmarks while, beneath you, in the four floors below, sit the artefacts which chart the history of our country.’
      • ‘This is especially desirable if you own a historical landmark and wish for it to be restored to its former appearance.’
      • ‘Neon lights, theatrically lighted landmarks and monuments, and carnivals all present picture opportunities that don't show up by daylight.’
      • ‘All the Smithsonian museums have pretty much the same hours, so this was my signal to head outdoors and check out some more monuments and landmarks.’
      • ‘With its forts, palaces, temples, walls and lanes, East Fort is a landmark among the heritage monuments not only of the city, but also of the State.’
      • ‘The Whitney may be a historical landmark itself at this point, but that doesn't make it a beautiful building.’
      • ‘Each year millions of tourists visit Italy to see the country's cultural and historical landmarks such as the Colosseum in Rome and the Greek ruins in Sicily.’
      monument, distinctive feature, prominent feature, sight, spectacle
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    2. 1.2historical The boundary of an area of land, or an object marking this.
      ‘at certain points of the boundary the men would beat the landmark with their sticks’
      • ‘It's a landmark and a county boundary that links East to West.’
      boundary marker, demarcator, boundary line, boundary fence, pale, picket
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  • 2An event or discovery marking an important stage or turning point in something.

    ‘the vaccine is a landmark in the history of preventive medicine’
    • ‘The National Pension Program is an important landmark in Taiwan's evolution toward a welfare state.’
    • ‘But equally important to the landmark leaps of knowledge is the continuous assessment of current knowledge.’
    • ‘The Human Genome project is due to be completed this year - an important landmark in our human history.’
    • ‘In 1960 he helped organize the first Situation exhibition, an important landmark in British abstract art.’
    • ‘But I know that it will be an important landmark in film history, whether it all comes together or not.’
    • ‘The initial event was considered a landmark in the country's independence struggle.’
    • ‘The mobile phone is an important landmark in the field of communication, but it is often misused by the people.’
    • ‘The 400,000-strong demo in London organised by the Stop the War Coalition and the Muslim Association of Britain was a landmark in British politics.’
    • ‘This shift in the Southeast Asian perception of China is an important landmark in China-Southeast Asian relations.’
    • ‘The 1812 Patriotic War was an important landmark in the evolution of military engineering.’
    • ‘The launching of the convertibility regime was a landmark in the 1990s in Argentina.’
    • ‘WTO accession is an important landmark in Taiwan's industrial transformation, as well as in cross-strait trade.’
    • ‘The landmark decision sets an important legal precedent and will send shivers down the spine of wealthy entrepreneurs whose marriages are under threat.’
    • ‘The decision has been hailed by union leaders as a landmark in granting constitutional rights for trade union activity in a number of other employment sectors.’
    • ‘It's a terrific theatrical experience and remains a landmark in modern Handel productions.’
    • ‘Recently the parliamentary elections were held in Uzbekistan which become an important landmark in further democratization of the country.’
    • ‘Historians consider the Louisiana Purchase to be a landmark event or turning point in American history.’
    • ‘For all those included in the anthology, it is an important landmark in their careers as writers.’
    • ‘The Waldheim affair was a major landmark in the way Austrians considered their past.’
    • ‘It was a landmark in protests in Britain and throughout the world, and was the beginning of Britain being seen as one of the centres of the anti-war movement internationally.’
    turning point, milestone, watershed, critical point, historic event, major achievement
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