penultima

penult

[pee-nuhlt, pi-nuhlt]
noun
the next to the last syllable in a word.
Also, penultima [pi-nuhl-tuh-muh] .


Origin:
1530–40; < Latin paenultima (syllaba), contraction of paene ultima almost the last; see pen-, ultima

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penult or penultima (ˈpɛnʌlt, pɪˈnʌlt, pɪˈnʌltɪmə)
 
n
the last syllable but one in a word
 
[C16: Latin paenultima syllaba, from paene ultima almost the last]
 
penultima or penultima
 
n
 
[C16: Latin paenultima syllaba, from paene ultima almost the last]

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penult
1539 (adj.), 1572 (n.), abbreviation of penultimate (q.v.).
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