any name, symbol, figure, letter, word, or mark adopted and used by a manufacturer or merchant in order to designate specific goods and to distinguish them from those manufactured or sold by others. A trademark is proprietary and is usually registered with the Patent and Trademark Office to assure its exclusive use by its owner or licensee.
a distinctive mark or feature particularly characteristic of or identified with a person or thing (often used attributively): her trademark wit and sarcasm.
verb (used with object)
to stamp or otherwise place a trademark designation upon.
to register the trademark of.
Origin of trademark
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Examples from the News
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- Bear in mind that your name is to you what a trademark is to a manufacturer.
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