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Examples of pinnacle in a Sentence
a singer who has reached the pinnacle of success
Recent Examples of pinnacle from the Web
If Mars is the pinnacle of Mount Everest, low Earth orbit is base camp.
All that stuff kind of met at the pinnacle of why (Kyrie) wanted to leave.
Remember fax machines, the pinnacle of 1980s technology?
The New York Times stands proudly at the pinnacle of American journalism, and its editors set the standard for all the other news editors.
After all, designers often tout their superfine cloths as the pinnacle of summer sophistication.
That golden age reached a new pinnacle on Thursday night with the opening of the Mae Young Classic, a tournament with 32 of the best and most well-known independent wrestlers from around the world.
The Super Bowl win served as the pinnacle of his five-year NFL career.
Vining and bush-type squash yield not only fruits but also large golden blossoms that are the pinnacle of edible-flower cuisine.
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Did You Know?
Pinnacle is one of several words that aspire to both literal and figurative heights. Others include summit, peak, climax, apex, acme, and culmination. All of these can refer to the highest point of a mountain or structure, or the highest point attained or attainable over a person's lifetime, career, etc. When referring to part of a building, pinnacle describes a projection on top of a tower (as on a Gothic cathedral). The word derives via Anglo-French from Late Latin pinnaculum, meaning "small wing," a diminutive of pinna, meaning "wing or battlement." When used figuratively, pinnacle sometimes implies a dizzying and insecure height, such as that brought on by unexpected fame.
Origin and Etymology of pinnacle
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonymsacme, apex, apogee, capstone, climax, crescendo, crest, crown, culmination, head, high noon, high tide, high-water mark, meridian, ne plus ultra, noon, noontime, peak, height, sum, summit, tip-top, top, zenith
Antonymsbottom, nadir, rock bottom
Related Wordsbloom, blossom, flood tide, flower, glory, heyday, prime; cap, ceiling, roof; extreme, extremity, tip, vertex; high, highlight, highspot
Near Antonymsabyss, base, foot; minimum
Synonym Discussion of pinnacle
- at the summit of the Victorian social scene
- an artist working at the peak of her powers
- the pinnacle of worldly success
- the war was the climax to a series of hostile actions
- the apex of Dutch culture
- a statue that was once deemed the acme of beauty
- the culmination of years of effort
Definition of pinnacle
First Known Use of pinnacle
PINNACLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of pinnacle for English Language Learners
: a high mountain top
: the best or most important part of something : the point of greatest success or achievement
: a tower on the roof of a building that comes to a narrow point at the top
PINNACLE Defined for Kids
Definition of pinnacle for Students
- Winning the award was the pinnacle of her career.
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