Definition of pinnacle in English:


Syllabification: pin·na·cle
Pronunciation: /ˈpinəkəl


  • 1A high, pointed piece of rock.
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    • As we chugged along the vivid green Wuyang River towards Dragon King Gorge, thickly forested crags and pinnacles of rock rose high above.
    • A solid mass of white water surged around great pinnacles of rock, over a hundred feet below me.
    • The Pyramids of Zone may sound like a New Age cure - but these spindly pinnacles of soft rock, most of which have large boulders perched on top like small atomic explosions, are as Ice Age as they come.
  • 1.1A small pointed turret built as an ornament on a roof.
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    • The structure reminded Manda of a creepy haunted mansion she'd often seen in movies, the grouped chimneys and pinnacles, the sloping roof, the parapets and the oriel and quatrefoil windows.
    • Conical spires on top support pinnacles that enabled the towers to obtain the coveted height record.
    • At times, the flourish over the city of towers and spires, domes, cupolas and pinnacles has an insubstantial visionary quality, seeming detached from the sturdy fabric beneath.
  • 1.2The most successful point; the culmination: he had reached the pinnacle of his career
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    • Being rich, successful and at the pinnacle of your profession appears to be frowned upon if you are David Beckham.
    • Thackeray said the BJP had touched the pinnacle of success under Vajpayee's leadership and lamented that some ambitious leaders in the party were eyeing his place.
    • After working in the hospitality industry for 21 years, Gao has proved herself to be a person who reaches the pinnacle of success in whatever field she involves herself.
    highest level, peak, height, high point, top, capstone, apex, zenith, apogee, acme


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  • 1Set on or as if on a pinnacle: a rustic cross was pinnacled upon the makeshift altar
  • 1.1Form the culminating point or example of.
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    • Anybody who knows Jake's career knows that he pinnacled the liberal-media ladder a decade ago and then bounded to the top of a tower crane that's beyond politics.



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  • With the help of computerized technology, it is slowly being restored to its former domed and pinnacled baroque shape.
  • A good orientation point is the pinnacled Scott Monument, dedicated to Scottish novelist and poet Sir Walter Scott, set in Princes Street Gardens.
  • Behind the stronghold, majestic pinnacled houses are guarded by a many-towered city-wall.


Middle English: from Old French, from late Latin pinnaculum, diminutive of pinna 'wing, point'.

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