cap·​stone ˈkap-ˌstōn How to pronounce capstone (audio)
: a coping stone : coping
: 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 Recommended What loomed ahead was the course’s capstone: Each student would be presented with a switch and a lighting fixture. Robert Klose, The Christian Science Monitor, 19 Jan. 2024 Designing and crafting 12 outfits from start to finish serves as a capstone project of sorts for the seniors, who have been working on the outfits since January 2023, according to program instructor Catherine Harris. Thomas Goodwin Smith, Baltimore Sun, 11 Jan. 2024 Waxahatchee’s last album, 2020’s Saint Cloud, was a monumental work — a career capstone and overhaul that saw Crutchfield embrace long-simmering country influences after a decade steeped in DIY punk and indie rock. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 22 Mar. 2024 And while the seminal 1992 McLaren F1 road car is widely regarded as his capstone, the 77-year-old creative is far from done: His latest, the Gordon Murray Automotive T.50s Niki Lauda, recently made its U.S. debut at Monterey Car Week. Viju Mathew, Robb Report, 11 Nov. 2023 At long last, the final journey of the last space shuttle ever built and its giant orange external tank are expected to begin this month — the capstone to a historic journey to an ambitious museum exhibit in Los Angeles. Ryan Fonseca, Los Angeles Times, 3 Jan. 2024 If approved, passage of the continuing resolution would be a less-than-triumphant capstone to the House GOP's first year in the majority. Compiled Bydemocrat-Gazette Stafffrom Wire Reports,, 15 Nov. 2023 Ferrari is best and most optimistically regarded not as a final lap, or capstone to a varied, singular career. John Semley, WIRED, 22 Dec. 2023 To serve as superintendent is a career capstone in the Navy. Nick Anderson The Washington Post,, 25 Nov. 2023

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Word History


cap entry 1

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of capstone was in the 14th century

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“Capstone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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