- the next to the last syllable in a word.
Origin of penult
Examples from the Web for penult
Historical Examples of penult
I am unaware why the accent is on the penult, and not on the ultimate of Willamette.
The Indian name is pronounced as if written “Thayendanauga,” with accent on penult.The American Revolution
Names on which accents are not placed are accented on the penult.Creation Myths of Primitive America
When the last syllable has a short vowel, such a penult, if accented, takes the circumflex.Greek in a Nutshell
Worcester's orthography is Hindostanee and Hindostany, but the accent is on the penult as above.Every-Day Errors of Speech
L. P. Meredith
- the last syllable but one in a word
Word Origin for penult
"last but one," 1530s, abbreviation of penultima. As a noun from 1570s.