- next to the last: the penultimate scene of the play.
- of or relating to a penult or the next to the last syllable in a word: In the word appropriate, -pri- is the penultimate syllable.
- a penult.
Origin of penultimate
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Examples from the Web for penultimate
But then that big bang that ended the penultimate episode happened.Inside ‘Orange Is the New Black’ S2, Eps. 6-12: About That Shocking Incest Scene
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And on the penultimate episode of The Bachelor, Assistant District Attorney Andi became the second to reject him.Andi Wins ‘The Bachelor’ by Dumping Juan Pablo
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Just look at the penultimate symbol of urban renaissance, Brooklyn.The Revolt Against Urban Gentry
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The penultimate episode of the series found Walter White (Bryan Cranston) alone in a New Hampshire cabin.‘Breaking Bad’ Meets ‘Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium’… And It Is Glorious
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The penultimate band is $200,000 to $250,000, which is ten times as wide as the previous band.Department of Awful Statistics: Income Inequality Edition
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Is it the ultimate, or is it only the penultimate, datum of cognition?
And so it was with Cicero during this the penultimate year of his life.The Life of Cicero
There he commenced 'Count Robert of Paris,' the penultimate of his published tales.Abbotsford
Verbs with mag- of this sort always have penultimate stress.A Dictionary of Cebuano Visayan
John U. Wolff
In the former the last whorl is broadest, in the latter the penultimate.Our British Snails
John William Horsley
- next to the last
- anything that is next to the last, esp a penult
C17: from Latin paene almost + ultimate, on the model of Latin paenultimus
Word Origin and History for penultimate
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