ne plus ultra

noun ne plus ul·tra \ˌnā-ˌpləs-ˈəl-trə, ˌnē-\

Definition of ne plus ultra

  1. 1 :  the highest point capable of being attained :  acme

  2. 2 :  the most profound degree of a quality or state

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Examples of ne plus ultra in a sentence

  1. this new sports car is being billed as the ne plus ultra of automotive achievement

Did You Know?

It's the height, the zenith, the ultimate, the crown, the pinnacle. It's the peak, the summit, the crest, the high-water mark. All these expressions, of course, mean "the highest point attainable." But ne plus ultra may top them all when it comes to expressing in a sophisticated way that something is the pink of perfection. It is said that the term's predecessor, non plus ultra, was inscribed on the Pillars of Hercules at the Strait of Gibraltar, which marked the western end of the classical world. The phrase served as a warning: "(Let there) not (be) more (sailing) beyond." The New Latin version ne plus ultra, meaning "(go) no more beyond," found its way into English in the 1630s.

Origin and Etymology of ne plus ultra

New Latin, (go) no more beyond

First Known Use: 1637

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