Penult meaning

pĭ-nŭltə-mə
The next to the last item in a series.
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The next to the last syllable in a word.
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The one next to the last; specif., the next-to-the-last syllable in a word.
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The next-to-last syllable of a word.
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The next to the last in a series.
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Origin of penult

  • Short for penultima from Latin paenultima feminine of paenultimus next to last paene almost ultimus last ultimate

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

  • From penultimate (“next to last"), by shortening

    From Wiktionary