penult

noun
pe·​nult | \ ˈpē-ˌnəlt How to pronounce penult (audio) , pi-ˈnəlt How to pronounce penult (audio) \

Definition of penult

: the next to the last member of a series especially : the next to the last syllable of a word

First Known Use of penult

1537, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for penult

Latin paenultima penult, from feminine of paenultimus almost last, from paene almost + ultimus last — more at ultimate

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“Penult.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/penult. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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