Definition of


  1. (noun, location) the highest point (of something)
  2. (noun, state) the highest level or degree attainable; the highest stage of development
    the artist's gifts are at their acme
    at the height of her career
    the peak of perfection
    summer was at its peak
    ...catapulted Einstein to the pinnacle of fame
    the summit of his ambition
    so many highest superlatives achieved by man
    at the top of his profession

via WordNet, Princeton University

Alternate forms of Acme

Hyponyms: crown, roof peak

Hypernyms: degree, extreme, extreme point, extremum, level, point, stage

Origin of the word Acme

  1. "highest point," 1560s, from Gk. akme "(highest) point," from PIE base *ak- "sharp" (see acrid). Written in Gk. letters until c.1620. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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