Meaning of trademark

trade•mark

Pronunciation: (trād'märk"), [key]
— n.
  1. any name, symbol, figure, letter, word, or mark adopted and used by a manufacturer or merchant in order to designate his or her goods and to distinguish them from those manufactured or sold by others. A trademark is a proprietary term that is usually registered with the Patent and Trademark Office to assure its exclusive use by its owner.
  2. a distinctive mark or feature particularly characteristic of or identified with a person or thing.
—v.t.
  1. to stamp or otherwise place a trademark designation upon.
  2. to register the trademark of.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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