penultimate


pen·ul·ti·mate

adjective \pi-ˈnəl-tə-mət\

: occurring immediately before the last one : next to the last

Full Definition of PENULTIMATE

1
:  next to the last <the penultimate chapter of a book>
2
:  of or relating to the next to the last syllable of a word <a penultimate accent>
pen·ul·ti·mate·ly adverb

Examples of PENULTIMATE

  1. the penultimate syllable of the word
  2. Belle was the penultimate person to die, just hours before a slave, fifty-three-year-old Alba, wandered in delirium away from his cabin and sat down to death in front of Carlyle's airing-out cottage. —Edward P. Jones, The Known World, 2003

Origin of PENULTIMATE

(see penult)
First Known Use: 1677

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