penult

[pee-nuhlt, pi-nuhlt]
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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penult

penultima (pɪˈnʌltɪmə)

noun
  1. 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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Word Origin and History for penult
adj.

"last but one," 1530s, abbreviation of penultima. As a noun from 1570s.

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