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What's with all this 'summit' jag, summit this, summit that —— it's a high level meeting of leaders —— what's with everything being a summit? Give it a rest already.
It is a convenient jargon word. The meaning is clear, and the single
word "summit" for "summit meeting" is shorter than "high level meeting
Jerry Friedman has given th relevant usage form ht e OED.
The use of "summit" to mean the peak of a mountain is not the earliest
use of the word:
a. The topmost part, top; the vertex, apex; †the crown (of the
head), boss (of a shield), umbo (of a shell).
1470–85 Malory Morte d'Arthur v. viii. 174 It clefte his hede
fro the somette of his hede.
2. The topmost point or ridge of a mountain or hill. Also, the
highest elevation of a road, railway, or canal.
1481 Caxton tr. Siege & Conqueste Jerusalem (1893) clxx. 251
Syon is toward the weste, on the sommete or toppe theron stondeth
the chirche which is named Syon.
1860 J. Tyndall Glaciers of Alps i. iii. 30 To witness the scene
from the summit of the pass.
1891 E. Roper By Track & Trail x. 148 Summit, in railway
parlance, means the highest point attained by the line in crossing
a. The highest point or degree; the acme.
a1717 Lady M. W. Montagu Lett. (1837) I. 172 Supposing I was at
the very summit of this sort of happiness.
Peter Duncanson, UK