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  1. third from the end.
  2. of or relating to an antepenult.
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  1. an antepenult.
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Origin of antepenultimate

First recorded in 1720–30; antepenult + (ult)imate
Related formspre·an·te·pe·nul·ti·mate, adjective
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Examples from the Web for antepenultimate

Historical Examples

  • On that place, if it be on the penultimate or antepenultimate, the accent should be laid in English.

    Notes and Queries, Number 216, December 17, 1853


  • It lies between the penultimate and antepenultimate pair of legs.

  • Only six thousand pounds now required for the great ultimate, or penultimate, or antepenultimate effort.

    Ireland as It Is

    Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)

  • B, Toxicognaths of Scolopendra, showing the large coxal plate and the reduced penultimate and antepenultimate segments.

  • Even when the stress falls on this antepenultimate i, it is short in English speech.

British Dictionary definitions for antepenultimate


  1. third from last
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  1. anything that is third from last
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Word Origin and History for antepenultimate


"the last but two," 1730, from antepenult (n.), 1610s, abbreviation of Latin antepaenultima (syllaba), fem. of antepaenultimus, from ante "before" (see ante) + paenultima, from paen "almost" + ultima "last" (see ultimate).

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