a finishing stone of a structure.
the crowning achievement, point, element, or event.

Origin of capstone

1350–1400; Middle English. See cap1, stone Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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copestone (ˈkəʊpˌstəʊn)


one of a set of slabs on the top of a wall, building, etc
mountaineering a chockstone occurring at the top of a gully or chimney
a crowning achievement; peakthe capstone of his career
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Word Origin and History for capstone

also cap-stone, topmost stone in a construction, 1680s, from cap + stone (n.). Earliest use is figurative.

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