(Mar"jo*ram) n. [OE. majoran, F. marjolaine, LL. marjoraca, fr. L. amaracus, amaracum,
Gr. 'ama`rakos, 'ama`rakon.] (Bot.) A genus of mintlike plants (Origanum) comprising about twenty-
five species. The sweet marjoram (O. Majorana) is pecularly aromatic and fragrant, and much used in
cookery. The wild marjoram of Europe and America is O. vulgare, far less fragrant than the other.
(Mark) n. A license of reprisals. See Marque.
(Mark), n. [See 2d Marc.]
1. An old weight and coin. See Marc. "Lend me a mark." Chaucer.
2. The unit of monetary account of the German Empire, equal to 23.8 cents of United States money; the
equivalent of one hundred pfennigs. Also, a silver coin of this value.
(Mark), n. [OE. marke, merke, AS. mearc; akin to D. merk, MHG. marc, G. marke, Icel. mark,
Dan. mærke; cf. Lith. margas party-colored. &radic106, 273. Cf. Remark.]
1. A visible sign or impression made or left upon anything; esp., a line, point, stamp, figure, or the like,
drawn or impressed, so as to attract the attention and convey some information or intimation; a token; a
The Lord set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.Gen. iv. 15.
2. Specifically: (a) A character or device put on an article of merchandise by the maker to show by
whom it was made; a trade-mark. (b) A character (usually a cross) made as a substitute for a signature
by one who can not write.
The mark of the artisan is found upon the most ancient fabrics that have come to light.Knight.
3. A fixed object serving for guidance, as of a ship, a traveler, a surveyor, etc.; as, a seamark, a landmark.
4. A trace, dot, line, imprint, or discoloration, although not regarded as a token or sign; a scratch, scar,
stain, etc.; as, this pencil makes a fine mark.
I have some marks of yours upon my pate.Shak.
5. An evidence of presence, agency, or influence; a significative token; a symptom; a trace; specifically, a
permanent impression of one's activity or character.
The confusion of tongues was a mark of separation.Bacon.
6. That toward which a missile is directed; a thing aimed at; what one seeks to hit or reach.
France was a fairer mark to shoot at than Ireland.Davies.
Whate'er the motive, pleasure is the mark.Young.