penult

noun pe·nult \ ˈpē-ˌnəlt , pi-ˈnəlt \

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

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