cap·​stone | \ˈkap-ˌstōn \

Definition of capstone 

1 : a coping stone : coping

2 : the high point : crowning achievement the capstone of her career

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Examples of capstone in a Sentence

her election as the state's first woman governor was a capstone of a long political career

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The big climate shindig — three days of meetings, exhibitions, and gladhanding with big names in climate policy from around the world — will, among other things, serve as a kind of capstone celebration of Brown’s climate legacy. David Roberts, Vox, "California Gov. Jerry Brown casually drops history’s most ambitious climate target," 11 Sep. 2018 With the capstone behind her and the ceremony minutes away, Abdinoor anticipated the event with excitement. Ruth Bruno,, "Capital Prep High School Principal Addresses Graduates: 'This Is What Winning Looks Like'," 1 June 2018 The overlook includes three benches forming a circle amid a crushed granite path and a flagstone paving area anchored by a stack stone wall with limestone capstone, according to village spokeswoman Megan Hoffman. Daniel I. Dorfman,, "Glencoe opens new Lake Michigan overlook," 12 June 2018 The bill’s passage represents a capstone to the more than six-year effort to bring sports betting to New Jersey and helps spur interest in and provide a financial boost to the struggling casino and horse racing industries. Nick Corasaniti, New York Times, "Game On! Legislature Approves Sports Betting in New Jersey," 7 June 2018 The exhilarating off-road chase was the capstone on months of grueling manual-labor groundwork. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, "How Noisy Males Control the Gnu’s Cycle," 11 July 2018 Seven students were identified in the ceremony’s program as receiving AP capstone diplomas, nine are military inductees, 100 achieved 3.0-3.59 grade point averages, 75 achieved 3.6-3.99 grade point averages and 64 achieved a 4.0 or higher. Mikaela Porter, Courant Community, "Conard High School Grads Told To Take Risks, Be Kind," 20 June 2018 Trump’s speech scheduled for Friday afternoon is the capstone of the event. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202, Davos Edition: Wall Street titans breaking out champagne for Trump at World Economic Forum," 24 Jan. 2018 Abdinoor dedicated her capstone to studying the link between economic status and families’ access to affordable dental care. Ruth Bruno,, "Capital Prep High School Principal Addresses Graduates: 'This Is What Winning Looks Like'," 1 June 2018

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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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