penult

[ pee-nuhlt, pi-nuhlt ]

noun
  1. the next to the last syllable in a word.

Origin of penult

1
1530–40; <Latin paenultima (syllaba), contraction of paene ultima almost the last; see pen-, ultima
  • Also pe·nul·ti·ma [pi-nuhl-tuh-muh]. /pɪˈnʌl tə mə/.

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British Dictionary definitions for penult

penult

penultima (pɪˈnʌltɪmə)

/ (ˈpɛnʌlt, pɪˈnʌlt) /


noun
  1. the last syllable but one in a word

Origin of penult

1
C16: Latin paenultima syllaba, from paene ultima almost the last

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