the one next to the last; specif., the next-to-the-last syllable in a word
Origin of penultClassical Latin paenultima ; from paene, almost (see passion) + ultima, feminine of ultimus, last: see ultimate
- The next to the last item in a series.
- The next to the last syllable in a word.
Origin of penultShort for penultima, from Latin paenultima, feminine of paenultimus, next to last : paene, almost + ultimus, last; see ultimate.
- The next-to-last syllable of a word.
- The next to the last in a series.
From penultimate (“next to last"), by shortening