[ kuhl-muh-ney-shuhn ]
/ ˌkʌl məˈneɪ ʃən /


the act or fact of culminating.
that in which anything culminates; the culminating position or stage; highest point; acme.
Astronomy. the position of a celestial body when it is on the meridian.

Origin of culmination

1625–35; < Medieval Latin culminātiōn-, stem of culminātiō; see culminate, -ion
Related formsnon·cul·mi·na·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for culmination


/ (ˌkʌlmɪˈneɪʃən) /


the final, highest, or decisive point
the act of culminating
astronomy the highest or lowest altitude attained by a heavenly body as it crosses the meridian
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Word Origin and History for culmination



1630s, from French culmination, noun of action from past participle stem of Late Latin culminare (see culminate). Originally a term in astronomy/astrology; figurative use is from 1650s.

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