antepenultimate

[an-tee-pi-nuhl-tuh-mit]

adjective

third from the end.
of or relating to an antepenult.

noun


Origin of antepenultimate

First recorded in 1720–30; antepenult + (ult)imate
Related formspre·an·te·pe·nul·ti·mate, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for preantepenultimate

antepenultimate

adjective

third from last

noun

anything that is third from last
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Word Origin and History for preantepenultimate

antepenultimate

adj.

"the last but two," 1730, from antepenult (n.), 1610s, abbreviation of Latin antepaenultima (syllaba), fem. of antepaenultimus, from ante "before" (see ante) + paenultima, from paen "almost" + ultima "last" (see ultimate).

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