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PENULTIMATE

 Dictionary entry overview: What does penultimate mean? 

PENULTIMATE (noun)
  The noun PENULTIMATE has 1 sense:

1. the next to last syllable in a word

  Familiarity information: PENULTIMATE used as a noun is very rare.


PENULTIMATE (adjective)
  The adjective PENULTIMATE has 1 sense:

1. next to the last

  Familiarity information: PENULTIMATE used as an adjective is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


PENULTIMATE (noun)


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Meaning:

The next to last syllable in a word

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

penult; penultima; penultimate

Hypernyms ("penultimate" is a kind of...):

syllable (a unit of spoken language larger than a phoneme)


PENULTIMATE (adjective)


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Meaning:

Next to the last

Synonyms:

next-to-last; penultimate

Context examples:

the author inadvertently reveals the murderer in the penultimate chapter / the figures in the next-to-last column

Similar:

last (coming after all others in time or space or degree or being the only one remaining)


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