Antepenultimate meaning

ăntē-pĭ-nŭltə-mĭt
Third last; third from the end.
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Two before the last in a series. e.g. (..., antepenultimate, penultimate, ultimate)
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Coming before the next to the last in a series.
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An antepenult.
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Anything third from the end.
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The syllable that comes two before the last in a word.

The words animal, citizen, comedy, dangerous, and obvious are stressed on the antepenultimate.

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An antepenult.
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Two before the last, i.e., the one immediately before the penultimate, in a series.

This book has ten chapters — chapter 8 is the antepenultimate one.

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Origin of antepenultimate

  • From Late Latin antepaenultimus Latin ante- ante- Latin paenultimus next to last penult

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • ante- meaning before, pen- from the Latin paene meaning almost, and ultimate from the Latin ultimus meaning last

    From Wiktionary