An example of pinnacle is when you are promoted to president of the company.
- a small turret or spire on a buttress or a supporting pier
- a pointed formation, as at the top of a mountain; peak
- the highest point; culmination; acme
Origin of pinnacleMiddle English pinacle from Middle French from Ecclesiastical Late Latin pinnaculum, diminutive Classical Latin pinna, pinnacle, feather: see pen
transitive verb-·cled, -·cling
- to set on a pinnacle
- to furnish or adorn with pinnacles
- to form the pinnacle of
- Architecture A small turret or spire on a roof or buttress.
- A tall pointed formation, such as a mountain peak.
- The highest point; the culmination. See Synonyms at summit.
transitive verbpin·na·cled, pin·na·cling, pin·na·cles
- To furnish with a pinnacle.
- To place on or as if on a pinnacle.
Origin of pinnacleMiddle English from Old French from Late Latin pinnāculum diminutive of Latin pinna feather ; see pet- in Indo-European roots.
- The highest point.
- A tall, sharp and craggy rock or mountain.
- (figuratively) An all-time high; a point of greatest achievement or success.
- (architecture) An upright member, generally ending in a small spire, used to finish a buttress, to constitute a part in a proportion, as where pinnacles flank a gable or spire.
(third-person singular simple present pinnacles, present participle pinnacling, simple past and past participle pinnacled)
- to put something on a pinnacle
- to build or furnish with a pinnacle or pinnacles