penultimate

penultimate
1. adjective /pɪˈnʌltɪmət/
a) Coming next-to-last in a sequence.

But it should frequently happen that offspring should resemble its penultimate rather than its latest phase, and should thus be more like a grand-parent than a parent.

b) Of or pertaining to a penult.

“Your clothes dont weigh moren seven pounds. And seven from—hum—say one hundred an twenty-three—one hundred an sixteen is your stripped weight.”

Syn: next-to-last, second last
See Also: penult, ultimate
2. noun /pɪˈnʌltɪmət/
A next-to-last thing.

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  • Penultimate — Pe*nul ti*mate, a. Last but one; as, the penultimate syllable, the last syllable but one of a word. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Penultimate — Pe*nul ti*mate, n. The penult. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • penultimate — (adj.) 1670s, from earlier penultima (n.) the next to the last syllable of a word or verse, from fem. of Latin adj. penultimus next to last, from paene almost + ultimus final …   Etymology dictionary

  • penultimate — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ last but one. ORIGIN from Latin paene almost + ultimus last …   English terms dictionary

  • penultimate — [pi nul′tə mət] adj. [< PENULT, after ULTIMATE] 1. next to the last 2. of the penult n. PENULT penultimately adv …   English World dictionary

  • penultimate — [[t]penʌ̱ltɪmət[/t]] ADJ: det ADJ The penultimate thing in a series of things is the last but one. [FORMAL] ...on the penultimate day of the Asian Games. ...in the penultimate chapter …   English dictionary

  • penultimate — adjective Date: 1677 1. next to the last < the penultimate chapter of a book > 2. of or relating to a penult < a penultimate accent > • penultimately adverb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • penultimate — /pi nul teuh mit/, adj. 1. next to the last: the penultimate scene of the play. 2. of or pertaining to a penult. n. 3. a penult. [1670 80; see PENULT, ULTIMATE] * * * …   Universalium

  • penultimate — adj. Penultimate is used with these nouns: ↑paragraph …   Collocations dictionary

  • penultimate — pe|nul|ti|mate [peˈnʌltımıt, pə ] adj [only before noun] [Date: 1600 1700; : Latin; Origin: paenultimus, from paene almost + ultimus last ] not the last, but immediately before the last = ↑last but one →↑ultimate ▪ the penultimate chapter …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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