Penultimate Definition

pĭ-nŭltə-mĭt
adjective
Next to the last.
Webster's New World
Of the penult.
Webster's New World

(formal, literary or scholarly) Coming next-to-last in a sequence.

Wiktionary
(mathematics, rare) Relating to or denoting an element of a related collection of curves that is arbitrarily close to a degenerate form.
Wiktionary
Synonyms:
next-to-last
noun
The next to the last.
American Heritage
Webster's New World
A next-to-last thing.
Wiktionary
(linguistics) A next-to-last syllable in a linguistic unit.
Wiktionary
(card games) The second to lowest ranked card in a suit.
Wiktionary
Synonyms:
penultimapenult
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Other Word Forms of Penultimate

Noun

Singular:
penultimate
Plural:
penultimates

Origin of Penultimate

  • From Latin paenultimus, from paene (“almost") + ultimus (“last").

    From Wiktionary

  • From Latin paenultimus penult

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

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