penult[pē′nult′, pi nult′]
penult definition by Webster's New World
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penult definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- The next to the last item in a series.
- The next to the last syllable in a word.
Origin: Short for penultima, from Latin paenultima, feminine of paenultimus, next to last : paene, almost + ultimus, last; see ultimate.