A word that describes a place or experience that means something different to every individual.

Think along the lines of how "rite of passage" and "landmark" are used.

An example would be if someone said something like, "You never went to blockbuster when you were a kid? That place was a ______! How could you have never gone!"

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  • It's actually 'rite of passage', meaning a ritual that marks a new stage in a person's life. – Kate Bunting Nov 7 '18 at 9:15
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    I don't see any connection between the first sentence's "means something different to every individual" and landmarks, rite of passage, and special qualities of Blockbuster stores. Nor can I connect landmarks and rites of passage to the way the speaker in the third sentence feels about Blockbuster stores. – DesdeCuando Nov 7 '18 at 9:26
  • That place was a legend!
  • That place was a tradition!

While the word is more commonly used to describe a person, icon can also apply to an object, building, etc (in the "rite of passage" / "landmark" sense you're looking for), hence the adjective iconic. Your sentence would therefore be:

"You never went to Blockbuster when you were a kid? That place was iconic! How could you have never gone!"


"You never went to Blockbuster when you were a kid? That place was an icon! How could you have never gone!"

The definition:


  1. A person or thing regarded as a representative symbol or as worthy of veneration.

    • ‘The car is a two-faced modern symbol: a shiny icon of our freedom and our entrapment.’

I'm having difficulty connecting the request with the example. But anyway, using the example, you could use the metaphor "cornerstone" and say "That place was a cornerstone of my childhood!"

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