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

Synonyms for culmination Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of culmination

  • And then her insolence reached its culmination in a query of her own: "Was his name Griggs?"

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • These had nearly reached their culmination in the middle of the fifteenth century.

    Two Penniless Princesses

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • The years 1516-18 may be called the culmination of Erasmus's career.

  • He was only the culmination of a great period of literature.

  • It was the great event of the day—the culmination of civilization in Kilronan!

    My New Curate

    P.A. Sheehan

British Dictionary definitions for culmination



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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