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1pinnacle

noun pin·na·cle \ˈpi-ni-kəl\

: a high mountain top

: the best or most important part of something : the point of greatest success or achievement

: a tower on the roof of a building that comes to a narrow point at the top

Full Definition of PINNACLE

1
:  an upright architectural member generally ending in a small spire and used especially in Gothic construction to give weight especially to a buttress
2
:  a structure or formation suggesting a pinnacle; specifically :  a lofty peak
3
:  the highest point of development or achievement :  acme

Examples of PINNACLE

  1. <a singer who has reached the pinnacle of success>

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Origin of PINNACLE

Middle English pinacle, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin pinnaculum small wing, gable, from Latin pinna wing, battlement
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of PINNACLE

summit, peak, pinnacle, climax, apex, acme, culmination mean the highest point attained or attainable. summit implies the topmost level attainable <at the summit of the Victorian social scene>. peak suggests the highest among other high points <an artist working at the peak of her powers>. pinnacle suggests a dizzying and often insecure height <the pinnacle of worldly success>. climax implies the highest point in an ascending series <the war was the climax to a series of hostile actions>. apex implies the point where all ascending lines converge <the apex of Dutch culture>. acme implies a level of quality representing the perfection of a thing <a statue that was once deemed the acme of beauty>. culmination suggests the outcome of a growth or development representing an attained objective <the culmination of years of effort>.

Other Architecture Terms

buttress, casita, cornice, fanlight, garret, lintel, parapet, pilaster, plinth

Rhymes with PINNACLE

2pinnacle

verb
pinnacledpinnacling \-k(ə-)liŋ\

Definition of PINNACLE

transitive verb
1
:  to surmount with a pinnacle
2
:  to raise or rear on a pinnacle

First Known Use of PINNACLE

14th century

Other Architecture Terms

buttress, casita, cornice, fanlight, garret, lintel, parapet, pilaster, plinth
PINNACLE Defined for Kids

pinnacle

noun pin·na·cle \ˈpi-nə-kəl\

Definition of PINNACLE for Kids

1
:  the peak of a mountain
2
:  the highest point of development or achievement <Winning the award was the pinnacle of her career.>
3
:  a slender tower generally coming to a narrow point at the top

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