penult

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noun pe·nult \ˈpē-ˌnəlt, pi-ˈ\

Definition of penult

  1. :  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


First Known Use: 1537

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