- IPA: /ˈpɪnəkəl/
pinnacle (plural pinnacles)
- The highest point.
- Antonyms: nadir
- 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.
- 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.
- See also Thesaurus:apex
- French: cime
- German: Gipfel
- Italian: pinnacolo, cima, picco, somma, guglia, cuspide
- Russian: пик
- Spanish: cumbre, pináculo
pinnacle (pinnacles, present participle pinnacling; past and past participle pinnacled)
- To put something on a pinnacle.
- To build or furnish with a pinnacle or pinnacles.