Definitions for: Earmark

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

Webster (1913) Definition: 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.

Ear"mark`, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Earmarked; p. pr. &
vb. n. Earmarking.]
To mark, as sheep, by cropping or slitting the ear.

Synonyms: allow, appropriate, hallmark, reserve, set aside, stylemark, trademark

See Also: allot, assign, characteristic, mark, marker, marking, portion

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