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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
pe•nul•ti•mate /pɪˈnʌltəmɪt/USA pronunciation   adj. [usually: before a noun]
  1. next to the last:the penultimate syllable.
See -ult-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
pe•nul•ti•mate  (pi nultə mit),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. next to the last:the penultimate scene of the play.
  2. Linguisticsof or pertaining to a penult.

  1. Linguisticsa penult.
  • see penult, ultimate 1670–80

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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