From Middle English *landmark, from Old English landmearc (“boundary”) and landġemirċe (“boundary, limit, frontier”), from Proto-Germanic *landamarkō, *landamarką (“boundary, landmark”), equivalent to land + mark. Cognate with German Landmarke (“landmark”), Danish landemærke (“landmark”), Swedish landmärke (“landmark”) and Norwegian landemerke (“landmark”). Compare also Middle English londes-mark (“boundary”).
landmark (plural landmarks)
- (historical) An object that marks the boundary of a piece of land (usually a stone, or a tree).
- Synonym: merestone
- A recognizable natural or man-made feature used for navigation.
- A notable location with historical, cultural, or geographical significance.
- (figuratively, also attributive) A major event or discovery.
- Synonym: milestone
- an important landmark in human history
- a landmark paper in neurosurgery
- a landmark ruling/case
- 2005 January 19, “Bush thanks troops at gala event”, in CNN.com:
- He called the overthrow of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein and the recent elections in Afghanistan landmark events in the history of liberty.
- (US) To officially designate a site or building as a landmark.
- 2007 March 25, Jeff Vandam, “Preservationists’ Rallying Cry”, in New York Times:
- “Permitted demolition or stripping rarely occurs on landmarked buildings,” she said. Ms. de Bourbon also noted that the city already requires the Buildings Department to hold permits for 40 days for “calendared” properties — those currently under landmarks consideration — so the commission has a chance to designate them.