ne plus ultra

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

Definition of ne plus ultra 

1 : the highest point capable of being attained : acme

2 : the most profound degree of a quality or state

Keep scrolling for more

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.

Examples of ne plus ultra in a Sentence

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

Recent Examples on the Web

This is probably the place to mention that the crocheted sweater is no longer the ne plus ultra of canine and feline fashion. Peter Haldeman, New York Times, "The Secret Price of Pets," 4 July 2018 Along with the Toy Story trilogy, The Incredibles is one of the jewels in the crown that made Pixar the ne plus ultra of animation companies. Todd Mccarthy, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Incredibles 2': Film Review," 11 June 2018 Chef/owner Pierre Calmels has the city’s ne plus ultra of BYOBs, Bibou. Michael Klein, Philly.com, "Let's Eat: Poke and the Rittenhouse scene," 30 May 2018 To prove to skeptics that miracles occur, CNN’s ne plus ultra of fake-news authorship, Wolf Blitzer, uttered words of respectful admiration for the president. Conrad Black, National Review, "Michael Wolff and the Death Rattle of Trumpophobia," 10 Jan. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'ne plus ultra.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of ne plus ultra

1637, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ne plus ultra

New Latin, (go) no more beyond

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about ne plus ultra

Share ne plus ultra

Listen to Our Podcast about ne plus ultra

Dictionary Entries near ne plus ultra

nepid

Nepidae

nepionic

ne plus ultra

nepman

Nepos

nepotal

Statistics for ne plus ultra

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for ne plus ultra

The first known use of ne plus ultra was in 1637

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on ne plus ultra

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for ne plus ultra

Comments on ne plus ultra

What made you want to look up ne plus ultra? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

lying above or upon

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Roman Mythology Quiz

  • the-triumph-of-venus-by-alessandro-magnasco
  • Boreal comes from the name of the ancient Greek god of which wind?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!