Penult
Penult Pe"nult, n. [Abbreviated fr. penultima.] (Gram. & Pros.) The last syllable but one of a word; the syllable preceding the final one. [1913 Webster]

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  • penult — 1530s (adj.), 1570s (n.), abbreviation of penultimate (q.v.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • penult — [pē nul′ti mə, pinul′ti məpē′nult΄, pi nult′] n. [L paenultima < paene, almost (see PASSION) + ultima, fem. of ultimus, last: see ULTIMATE] the one next to the last; specif., the next to the last syllable in a word: also penultima [pē nul′ti… …   English World dictionary

  • Penult — In linguistics, the penult is the penultimate syllable of a word; that is, the second to last syllable. For example, the main stress falls on the penult in such English words as banána , and Mississíppi . The penult follows the antepenult and… …   Wikipedia

  • penult — noun Etymology: Latin paenultima penult, from feminine of paenultimus almost last, from paene almost + ultimus last more at ultimate Date: 1537 the next to the last member of a series; especially the next to the last syllable of a word …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • penult — См. penùltima …   Пятиязычный словарь лингвистических терминов

  • penult — /pee nult, pi nult /, n. the next to the last syllable in a word. Also, penultima /pi nul teuh meuh/. [1530 40; < L paenultima (syllaba), contr. of paene ultima almost the last; see PEN , ULTIMA] * * * …   Universalium

  • penult — noun /ˈpinɐlt/ a) The next to last syllable of a word. b) The next to the last in a series …   Wiktionary

  • penult — pe·nult || pɪːnÊŒlt /pɪ nÊŒlt adj. second to last, last but one n. second to last syllable; last but one …   English contemporary dictionary

  • penult — [pɪ nʌlt, pɛnʌlt] noun Linguistics the penultimate syllable of a word. adjective archaic term for penultimate …   English new terms dictionary

  • penult — (L). Next to the last …   Dictionary of word roots and combining forms

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