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Meaning of EARMARK

Pronunciation:  'eer`mârk

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a distinctive characteristic or attribute
  2. [n]  identification mark on the ear of a domestic animal
  3. [v]  give or assign a share of money or time to a particular person or cause; "I will earmark this money for your research"

EARMARK is a 7 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: allow, appropriate, hallmark, reserve, set aside, stylemark, trademark
 See Also: allot, assign, characteristic, mark, marker, marking, portion



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ear"mark`\, n.
    1. A mark on the ear of sheep, oxen, dogs, etc., as by
       cropping or slitting.
    2. A mark for identification; a distinguishing mark.
             Money is said to have no earmark.     --Wharton.
             Flying, he [a slave] should be described by the
             rounding of his head, and his earmark. --Robynson
             A set of intellectual ideas . . . have earmarks upon
             them, no tokens of a particular proprietor.
  2. \Ear"mark`\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Earmarked}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Earmarking}.]
    To mark, as sheep, by cropping or slitting the ear.
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