antepenult

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noun an·te·pe·nult \ˌan-ti-ˈpē-ˌnəlt, -pi-ˈ\

Definition of antepenult

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

antepenultimate

play \-pi-ˈnəl-tə-mət\ adjective or noun

Variants of antepenult

less commonly

antepenultima

play \-pi-ˈnəl-tə-mə\

Origin and Etymology of antepenult

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


First Known Use: 1552


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