A distinctive characteristic or attribute; SYN. trademark, earmark, stylemark.
Official mark stamped on British gold, silver, and (from 1913) platinum, instituted 1327 (royal charter of London Goldsmiths) in order to prevent fraud. After 1363, personal marks of identification were added. Now tests of metal content are carried out at authorized assay offices in London, Birmingham, Sheffield, and Edinburgh; each assay office has its distinguishing mark, to which is added a maker's mark, date letter, and mark guaranteeing standard.
ETYM Old Fren. label sort of ribbon or fringe, label in heraldry, French lambeau shred, strip, rag.
1. A brief description given for purposes of identification.
2. A radioactive isotope that is used in a compound in order to trace the mechanism of a chemical reaction.
3. An identifying or descriptive marker; SYN. gummed label, sticker.
1. A motion or gesture by which a thought is expressed or a command or wish made known; signal; a fundamental linguistic unit that designates an object or relation or has a purely syntactic function; one of a set of gestures used to represent language; also; sign language
2. A mark having a conventional meaning and used in place of words or to represent a complex notion
3. One of the 12 divisions of the zodiac
4. A character (as a flat or sharp) used in musical notation; segno; a character indicating a mathematical operation; also; one of two characters + and - that form part of the symbol of a number and characterize it as positive or negative
5. A display (as a lettered board or a configuration of neon tubing) used to identify or advertise a place of business or a product; a posted command, warning, or direction; signboard
6. Something material or external that stands for or signifies something spiritual; something indicating the presence or existence of something else; presage, portent; an objective evidence of plant or animal disease
ETYM French (cf. Italian signatura, segnatura, Spanish and Late Lat. signatura), from Latin signare, signatum. Related to Sign.
1. A melody used to identify a performer or a dance band or radio/tv program; SYN. signature tune, theme song.
2. One's name written in one's own handwriting.