penult[pē′nult′, pi nult′]
- 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