Definition of acme
: the highest point or stage <the acme of his fame>; also : something or someone that represents perfection of the thing expressed <a system that is the acme of efficiency>
Examples of acme in a sentence
His fame was at its acme.
<the acme of their basketball season was their hard-won victory over last year's state champs>
Did You Know?
In Greek, acme meant a mountain peak, but in English we hardly ever use it in the physical sense. Instead we speak of someone's new job as the acme of her career, or of a certain leap as the acme of classical dance technique. In old Road Runner cartoons, the Acme Company is the provider of every ingenious device imaginable. But the word can't always be taken quite literally as a brand or company name; it's possible, for instance, that something called the Acme Bar & Grill may not be the absolutely highest and best example of a bar and grill. And don't confuse acme with acne, the skin disorder—even though both actually come from the same word.
Origin and Etymology of acme
Greek akmē point, highest point — more at edge
First Known Use: 1560
Synonym Discussion of acme
ACME Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of acme for English Language Learners
: the highest point of something
Medical Definition of acme
: the highest or most critical point or stage (as of growth or development)
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