penultimate definition

  • adjective:
    • alongside last.
    • Linguistics Of or concerning the penult of a word: penultimate tension.
    • Coming next-to-last in a sequence.
    • Of or pertaining to a penult.
    • final but one.
    • beside the last
  • noun:
    • the following towards last.
    • this sense?) A next-to-last thing.
    • A next-to-last syllable in a linguistic device.
    • The penult.
    • That person in a series which is the final but one; particularly, the very last syllable but among a word.
    • In whist and connection, the lowest but among a suit.
    • the next to last syllable in short
  • others:
    • straight away preceding that person in a string which is the final; after that ahead of the final; becoming the past but one: as, the penultimate syllable; the penultimate joint. Compare antepenultimate.

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