cap·​stone | \ ˈkap-ˌstōn How to pronounce capstone (audio) \

Definition of capstone

1 : a coping stone : coping
2 : the high point : crowning achievement the capstone of her career

Examples of capstone in a Sentence

her election as the state's first woman governor was a capstone of a long political career
Recent Examples on the Web The tomb’s site, which includes a chamber formed by nine upright stones and a capstone estimated to weight more than 27 tons, has been linked to King Arthur since before the 13th century, according to the conservation group English Heritage. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, 12 July 2022 The California bill is the capstone of a sweeping package of firearm restrictions that Mr. Newsom has signed this month. New York Times, 22 July 2022 The performance is the capstone each day of the Milwaukee Air & Water Show on the lakefront. Meghan Willcoxon, Journal Sentinel, 21 July 2022 The monument consists of a large capstone held up by a series of upright stones. Megan Marples, CNN, 11 July 2022 Footage released by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) shows a detonation reducing one of the side stones and part of the capstone to rubble around 4 a.m., and a car leaving the area shortly after. Jane Recker, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 July 2022 The 2015 Paris Agreement, in which 196 parties agreed to far-reaching climate commitments, was arguably a capstone of this cooperation. Børge Brende For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, 21 May 2022 Joe Biden’s speech in Warsaw on Saturday was the capstone of a months-long effort to strengthen key strategic alliances and, in particular, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, or NATO, in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 28 Mar. 2022 This vision of progress is about determinedly working toward a capstone before anyone else achieves greatness. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 30 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of capstone

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for capstone

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7 Aug 2022

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“Capstone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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