• IPA: /ˈpɪnəkəl/

pinnacle (plural pinnacles)

  1. The highest point.
    Antonyms: nadir
  2. A tall, sharp and craggy rock or mountain.
  3. (figuratively) An all-time high; a point of greatest achievement or success.
  4. (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.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book 3”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
      Some renowned metropolis / With glistering spires and pinnacles around.
Synonyms Translations Translations
  • French: pic
  • German: Felsnadel, Felsturm
  • Italian: cima, picco
  • Russian: остроконечный
  • Spanish: pico
Translations Translations Verb

pinnacle (pinnacles, present participle pinnacling; past and past participle pinnacled)

  1. To put something on a pinnacle.
  2. To build or furnish with a pinnacle or pinnacles.

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