verb (used with object), pin·na·cled, pin·na·cling.
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What does pinnacle mean?
A pinnacle is the highest point of something, especially success or fame. The pinnacle of a person’s career, for example, is the point at which they are most successful in their field.
In a literal sense, a pinnacle is a tall peak of a mountain.
In architecture, a pinnacle is an upright structure (usually some kind of cone, pyramid, or spire) that rises up from the roof of a building or caps a tower.
Example: Reaching the pinnacle of Sagarmāthā was the pinnacle of my mountaineering career.
Where does pinnacle come from?
The first records of the word pinnacle come from the 1300s. It comes from the late Latin word pinnāculum, meaning “gable” (the triangular part at the peak of a roof), from the Latin pinna, meaning “wing.”
When you reach the pinnacle of a mountain or your career, you are at the highest point—you can’t go any higher. At the pinnacle of a mountain, everything is below you, and it’s all downhill from there, as the saying goes. The same goes for the pinnacle of success or fame, though some people stay on top without ever having to come down.
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How is pinnacle used in real life?
Pinnacle is most often used in a figurative way to discuss the peak of something, like someone’s career, an art form, or an era of film or television.
— British Cycling (@BritishCycling) July 24, 2014
Is the Champions League final the display of the pinnacle of ability and craft of the beautiful game? Well-honed teams of players from around the world playing for clubs in the world's top leagues. Can anything else come close?
— Matt Staub (@staubio) August 23, 2020
This is your view from the pinnacle of Austria's Schafberg Mountain… almost 6,000 ft… Phew! pic.twitter.com/Q68YjzlQRV
— Memory Making Vacations (@MyMMVacation) February 5, 2020
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Example sentences from the Web for pinnacle
What’s interesting as I’ve talked to some experts that actually feel that this might indeed be the pinnacle of campaign technology and personalized campaigns because public opinion is really shifting on this.Podcast: How democracies can reclaim digital power|Anthony Green|October 15, 2020|MIT Technology Review
Just as Copernicus had displaced man from the center of celestial orbits, Darwin had toppled him from the pinnacle of “animated beings.”The Human Error Darwin Inspired - Issue 90: Something Green|Aaron Hirsh|September 30, 2020|Nautilus
It was the pinnacle of my professional life, but I didn’t know how to be a good spouse.What if Your Company Had No Rules? (Bonus Episode)|Maria Konnikova|September 12, 2020|Freakonomics
Such habits, the paper concluded, reflect a “dedicated and determined character” that has helped propel Suga, the son of strawberry pickers from the frozen fields of Japan’s northern Akita prefecture, to the pinnacle of political power.How the son of strawberry pickers became Japan’s most likely choice for next prime minister|claychandler|September 3, 2020|Fortune
Next, he sermonized on the moral failures that caused other “pinnacle nations” throughout history to fall.Ben Carson, Auschwitz, and My High School Graduation|Matt Finkelstein|June 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
From an athletic point of view, James is the pinnacle of human athleticism and fitness.
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|DAILY BEAST
They were two artists at the pinnacle of their careers combining their respective star powers into one nearly blinding supernova.
The arrival of Woodford Reserve in 1996 was arguably the pinnacle of the small batch movement.Hillbilly Heaven: The History of Small-Batch Bourbon|Dane Huckelbridge|March 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Beyond, one traced the outlines of pinnacle and flying buttress, slanting roof and beautiful windows.The Argosy|Various
No matter how obscurely one has ever appeared in print, one pays the penalty of the pinnacle ever after.The Joys of Being a Woman|Winifred Kirkland
In one swift moment she had risen to a pinnacle, she had looked down upon the level lowlands from the heights.The Short Cut|Jackson Gregory
From the pinnacle of a great faith in his kind he had been hurled headlong to the depths of unbelief and suspicion.The Song of the Wolf|Frank Mayer
Now we approach the crux and pinnacle of this inquirendo into the art and mystery of smoking.Shandygaff|Christopher Morley