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zenith

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noun ze·nith \ˈzē-nəth, Canada also & British usually ˈze-nəth, -nith\

Simple Definition of zenith

  • : the strongest or most successful period of time

  • : the highest point reached in the sky by the sun, moon, etc.

Full Definition of zenith

  1. 1 :  the point of the celestial sphere that is directly opposite the nadir and vertically above the observer — see azimuth illustration

  2. 2 :  the highest point reached in the heavens by a celestial body

  3. 3 :  culminating point :  acme <at the zenith of his powers — John Buchan>

Examples of zenith

  1. <at the zenith of her career as a dancer>



Origin of zenith

Middle English cenyth, senyth, from Middle French cenit, from Medieval Latin, from Old Spanish zenit, modification of Arabic samt (al-ra's) way (over one's head)


First Known Use: 14th century

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ZENITH Defined for Kids

zenith

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noun ze·nith \ˈzē-nəth\

Definition of zenith

  1. 1 :  the point in the sky directly overhead

  2. 2 :  the highest point or stage <She was at the zenith of her career.>





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