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penultimate

[pi-nuhl-tuh-mit] /pɪˈnʌl tə mɪt/
adjective
1.
next to the last:
the penultimate scene of the play.
2.
of or relating to a penult or the next to the last syllable in a word:
In the word appropriate, -pri- is the penultimate syllable.
noun
3.
a penult.
Origin of penultimate
1670-1680
1670-80; see penult, ultimate
Can be confused
last, penultimate, ultimate.
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penultimate

/pɪˈnʌltɪmɪt/
adjective
1.
next to the last
noun
2.
anything that is next to the last, esp a penult
Word Origin
C17: from Latin paene almost + ultimate, on the model of Latin paenultimus
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Word Origin and History for penultimate
adj.

1670s, from penultima (n.) on model of proximate.

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