Definition of pinnacle
1 : an upright architectural member generally ending in a small spire and used especially in Gothic construction to give weight especially to a buttress
2 : a structure or formation suggesting a pinnacle; specifically : a lofty peak
3 : the highest point of development or achievement : acme
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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
Life at the pinnacle of the fiercely competitive fine-dining world can be fraught with anxiety and conflict.
The Orange County site consists of a series of offshore rocks, pinnacles and small islands used by seabirds and seals.
We’ve reached a new pinnacle in the bizarro world of fake media news.
The mammoth East Midtown office tower to be known as One Vanderbilt will rise 1,401 feet and taper into a slender pinnacle intended as an emphatic addition to the Manhattan skyline.
Moderating a presidential debate is among the most coveted jobs in journalism, and Monday evening marked a pinnacle of Mr. Holt’s long career.
The English Premier League, the pinnacle of global soccer, is stocked with top players from every shore.
Out of all the moments that Kylie’s proved her status as a young entrepreneur in the beauty industry, the time her Lip Kit basically broke the Internet last November was likely the pinnacle.
Gone, of course, are the sellout crowds on Friday nights for what was then the pinnacle of a robust indoor track circuit.
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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
Middle English pinacle, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin pinnaculum small wing, gable, from Latin pinna wing, battlement
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of pinnacle
Definition of pinnacle
1 : to surmount with a pinnacle
2 : to raise or rear on a 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
1 : the peak of a mountain
2 : the highest point of development or achievement Winning the award was the pinnacle of her career.
3 : a slender tower generally coming to a narrow point at the top
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