- a lofty peak.
- the highest or culminating point, as of success, power, fame, etc.: the pinnacle of one's career.
- any pointed, towering part or formation, as of rock.
- Architecture. a relatively small, upright structure, commonly terminating in a gable, a pyramid, or a cone, rising above the roof or coping of a building, or capping a tower, buttress, or other projecting architectural member.
- to place on or as on a pinnacle.
- to form a pinnacle on; crown.
Origin of pinnacle
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Examples from the Web for pinnacle
Next, he sermonized on the moral failures that caused other “pinnacle nations” throughout history to fall.Ben Carson, Auschwitz, and My High School Graduation
June 9, 2014
From an athletic point of view, James is the pinnacle of human athleticism and fitness.A Lesson From LeBron James’ Game One Nightmare
Dr. Anand Veeravagu, MD, Tej Azad
June 7, 2014
For those who are obsessed with the popular reality show, the wedding was a pinnacle moment.Eavesdropping On Kim and Kanye’s Florentine “Wedding of the Century”
Barbie Latza Nadeau
May 24, 2014
They were two artists at the pinnacle of their careers combining their respective star powers into one nearly blinding supernova.Are Jay Z and Beyoncé Still Perfect?
May 14, 2014
The arrival of Woodford Reserve in 1996 was arguably the pinnacle of the small batch movement.Hillbilly Heaven: The History of Small-Batch Bourbon
March 29, 2014
It takes courage to step down from the pinnacle you stood on.
On his right sat Harriet, having reached the first pinnacle of her new career.
For you know that this affair has set Amadieu on a pinnacle.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
The height of the pinnacle is determined by the breadth of the base.Essays, First Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The dome was probably surmounted by a pinnacle, as shown in Fig. 39.Architecture
Thomas Roger Smith
- the highest point or level, esp of fame, success, etc
- a towering peak, as of a mountain
- a slender upright structure in the form of a cone, pyramid, or spire on the top of a buttress, gable, or tower
- to set on or as if on a pinnacle
- to furnish with a pinnacle or pinnacles
- to crown with a pinnacle
Word Origin and History for pinnacle
c.1300, "mountain, peak, promontory," from Old French pinacle "top, gable" (13c.) and directly from Late Latin pinnaculum "peak, pinnacle, gable," diminutive of Latin pinna "peak, point," (see pin (n.1)). Figurative use is attested from c.1400.