Origin of penult
Examples from the Web for penultima
Historical Examples of penultima
But Ἀργυρία, with the accent on the penultima, becomes the name of a town.
Disyllables lengthen the penultima, as 'stable', 'title', 'pupil'.
Trisyllabic verbs throw the stress back and shorten the penultima, as 'dsŏlate', 'sffŏcate', 'scntĭllate'.
A fully stressed vowel before a mute and r, or before d or pl, was pronounced long in the penultima.
With no vowel before the penultima the long quality is, as usual, preserved, as in 'satiety'.
Word Origin for penult
1580s, from Latin penultima (syllaba), "the next to the last syllable of a word or verse," from fem. of Latin adjective penultimus "next-to-last," from paene "almost" + ultimus "final" (see ultimate).
"last but one," 1530s, abbreviation of penultima. As a noun from 1570s.