Origin of summit

1425–75; late Middle English somete<Old French, equivalent to som top (<Latin summum, noun use of neuter of summus highest; see sum) + -ete-et


sum·mit·al, adjectivesum·mit·less, adjectivemin·i·sum·mit, nounpre·sum·mit, adjective, noun

Definition for summit (2 of 2)

[ suhm-it ]
/ ˈsʌm ɪt /


a city in NE New Jersey.
a city in NE Illinois.
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British Dictionary definitions for summit

/ (ˈsʌmɪt) /


the highest point or part, esp of a mountain or line of communication; top
the highest possible degree or state; peak or climaxthe summit of ambition
the highest level, importance, or ranka meeting at the summit
  1. a meeting of chiefs of governments or other high officials
  2. (as modifier)a summit conference

Derived forms of summit

summital, adjectivesummitless, adjective

Word Origin for summit

C15: from Old French somet, diminutive of som, from Latin summum; see sum 1
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