penult

[ pee-nuhlt, pi-nuhlt ]
/ ˈpi nʌlt, pɪˈnʌlt /

noun

the next to the last syllable in a word.

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Also pe·nul·ti·ma [pi-nuhl-tuh-muh]. /pɪˈnʌl tə mə/.

Origin of penult

1530–40; <Latin paenultima (syllaba), contraction of paene ultima almost the last; see pen-, ultima
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British Dictionary definitions for penult

penult

penultima (pɪˈnʌltɪmə)

/ (ˈpɛnʌlt, pɪˈnʌlt) /

noun

the last syllable but one in a word

Word Origin for penult

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