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 \ ˌan-​ti-​pi-​ˈnəl-​tə-​mə How to pronounce antepenultima (audio) \

Definition of antepenult

: the third syllable of a word counting from the end (such as cu in accumulate)

Other Words from antepenult

antepenultimate \ ˌan-​ti-​pi-​ˈnəl-​tə-​mət How to pronounce antepenultimate (audio) \ adjective or noun

First Known Use of antepenult

circa 1620, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for antepenult

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

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“Antepenult.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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