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pinnacle

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noun pin·na·cle \ˈpi-ni-kəl\

Simple Definition of pinnacle

  • : 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. 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. 2 :  a structure or formation suggesting a pinnacle; specifically :  a lofty peak

  3. 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>.

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pinnacle

verb pin·na·cle

Definition of pinnacle

pinnacledpinnacling \-k(ə-)liŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to surmount with a pinnacle

  3. 2 :  to raise or rear on a pinnacle



14th Century

First Known Use of pinnacle

14th century

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