penultimate

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 /pɪˈnʌltɪmɪt/



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-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
pe•nul•ti•mate  (pi nultə mit), 
adj. 
  1. next to the last:the penultimate scene of the play.
  2. Linguisticsof or pertaining to a penult.

n. 
  • Linguisticsa penult.
  • Etymology:
    • see penult, ultimate 1670–80


    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    penultimate /pɪˈnʌltɪmɪt/ adj
    1. next to the last
    n
    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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