an·​te·​pe·​nult ˌan-ti-ˈpē-ˌnəlt How to pronounce antepenult (audio) -pi-ˈnəlt How to pronounce antepenult (audio)
variants or less commonly antepenultima
: the third syllable of a word counting from the end (such as cu in accumulate)
antepenultimate adjective or noun

Word History


Late Latin antepaenultima, feminine of antepaenultimus preceding the next to last, from Latin ante- + paenultimus penultimate

First Known Use

circa 1620, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of antepenult was circa 1620

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Cite this Entry

“Antepenult.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Mar. 2023.

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