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
Vining and bush-type squash yield not only fruits but also large golden blossoms that are the pinnacle of edible-flower cuisine.
Of course, that's an easy thing to say for someone who's already reached the pinnacle of her profession.
And while most artists treat the Grammys as the pinnacle of their careers, Daya isn't showing any signs of slowing down.
Hatteras Island's shifty, sandy shoreline—is often considered the pinnacle for fishing in the Outer Banks, and a hotbed for surfing and shelling, too.
At the pinnacle of California’s pink wine wave, in my opinion, are the rosé offerings of Kale.
Sam Messer Painter, professor at the Yale School of Art FEAR NOT are the words inscribed across the pinnacle of James Hampton’s Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations’ Millennium General Assembly.
Jack McCabe, an industry analyst based in Deerfield Beach, agrees that the housing sector is in transition, pointing out that the market has hit or recently passed the pinnacle of the latest boom cycle.
Yes, Pujol is the pinnacle of contemporary Mexico cuisine, and Contramar the quintessence of a sophisticated yet languorous chilango lunch.
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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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