Definition of penult
: the next to the last member of a series; especially : the next to the last syllable of a word
Origin and Etymology of penult
Latin paenultima penult, from feminine of paenultimus almost last, from paene almost + ultimus last — more at ultimate
First Known Use: 1537
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