WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
pe•nul•ti•mate /pɪˈnʌltəmɪt/USA pronunciation adj. [usually: before a noun]

    next to the last:the penultimate syllable.
See -ult-.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

penultimate /pɪˈnʌltɪmɪt/ adj
  1. next to the last
  1. anything that is next to the last, esp a penult
Etymology: 17th Century: from Latin paene almost + ultimate, on the model of Latin paenultimus

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