Penultimate meaning

pĭ-nŭltə-mĭt
The definition of penultimate is something that is second to last or right before the last item in a series.

An example of penultimate is the letter "Y" which is the second to last letter in the alphabet.

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The next to the last.
noun
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Of or relating to the penult of a word.

Penultimate stress.

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Next to the last.
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Of the penult.
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(formal, literary or scholarly) Coming next-to-last in a sequence.
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(linguistics) Of or pertaining to a penult.
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(mathematics, rare) Relating to or denoting an element of a related collection of curves that is arbitrarily close to a degenerate form.
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(linguistics) A next-to-last syllable in a linguistic unit.
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(card games) The second to lowest ranked card in a suit.
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Next to last.
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A next-to-last thing.
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Origin of penultimate

  • From Latin paenultimus penult

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

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

    From Wiktionary