Meaning of pinnacle


Going as far into the sky as you can go on foot, you’ll reach the highest point, or pinnacle, of the Himalayas. A successful climb like that might also become the pinnacle, or peak, of your success.

Two synonyms for pinnacle also start with the letter “p,” “peak” and “point.” A pinnacle can be a physical thing, like the top of a high mountain or the antenna on the very top of a building, or it can be a high point that can’t be measured with a ruler, like an achievement or a goal. Whatever the pinnacle is, reaching it is almost always a completion of something where you have gone the highest you can go. “Acme” is a great synonym for pinnacle.

Definitions of pinnacle
  1. noun

    (architecture) a slender upright spire at the top of a buttress of tower

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    type of:

    spire, steeple

    a tall tower that forms the superstructure of a building (usually a church or temple) and that tapers to a point at the top

  2. noun

    a lofty peak

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    type of:

    crest, crown, peak, summit, tip, top

    the top or extreme point of something (usually a mountain or hill)

  3. noun

    the highest level or degree attainable; the highest stage of development

    “…catapulted Einstein to the
    pinnacle of fame”

    acme, elevation, height, meridian, peak, summit, superlative, tiptop, top

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    type of:

    degree, level, point, stage

    a specific identifiable position in a continuum or series or especially in a process

  4. verb

    surmount with a pinnacle

    pinnacle a pediment”
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    type of:


    be on top of

  5. verb

    raise on or as if on a pinnacle

    “He did not want to be
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    type of:

    bring up, elevate, get up, lift, raise

    raise from a lower to a higher position

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