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.
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How to use penultimate in a sentence
Astonishing, then, to move from this, the show’s penultimate gallery, into a much smaller room that feels like a private side chapel or monk’s cell installed with “One Candle,” from 1989.
Woods crossed the penultimate Cat 1 climb, the Col de Romme, more than a minute ahead of his rivals.Inside the Decision-Making of a Tour de France Team | mmirhashem | July 29, 2021 | Outside Online
If I were Shota, who won the penultimate challenge and yet still had to compete against two other cooks in the finale, I’d be pretty annoyed right now.Top Chef: Portland Was the Kindest Season Yet. Does the Finale Change That? | Elijah Wolfson | July 2, 2021 | Time
Multiple refugia from penultimate glaciations in East Asia demonstrated by phylogeography and ecological modelling of an insect pest.The Human Family Tree, It Turns Out, Is Complicated - Issue 102: Hidden Truths | Razib Khan | June 30, 2021 | Nautilus
Weddings may be a staple of TV series wrapping up their runs, but the medium had never seen one quite like the showstopper FX’s Pose staged for Sunday’s penultimate episode.Pose Was More Than Just a TV Show. It Changed the Culture, Onscreen and Off | Judy Berman | June 3, 2021 | Time
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 | Kevin Fallon, Marlow Stern | June 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
And on the penultimate episode of The Bachelor, Assistant District Attorney Andi became the second to reject him.
Just look at the penultimate symbol of urban renaissance, Brooklyn.
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 | Amy Zimmerman | September 25, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Megan McArdle | February 6, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
It is a derivative word, from Algonkin, and gan the penultimate syllable of the Odjibwa term Sa-g--gan, a lake.The Indian in his Wigwam | Henry R. Schoolcraft
Inner lip rather thick and reflected on the base of the penultimate whorl.Our British Snails | John William Horsley
"You would not have known me then," returned Lady Sellingworth, with the slightest possible stress on the penultimate word.December Love | Robert Hichens
"I don't doubt your friendship for Mr. Armine," he said, at last, laying a faint stress upon the penultimate word.Bella Donna | Robert Hichens
It is fully dealt with in the von Berlepsch Bill in the above-mentioned provision of the penultimate paragraph of § 120a.The Theory and Policy of Labour Protection | Albert Eberhard Friedrich Schffle
British Dictionary definitions for penultimate
next to the last
anything that is next to the last, esp a penult
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