Two before the last, i.e., the one immediately before the penultimate, in a series.
Syn: third last
2. noun
a) Two before the last in a series. e.g. (..., antepenultimate, penultimate, ultimate)

The word "antepenultimate" is stressed on the antepenultimate.

b) The syllable that comes two before the last in a word.

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  • Antepenultimate — An te*pe*nult i*mate, a. Of or pertaining to the last syllable but two. n. The antepenult. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • antepenultimate — (adj.) the last but two, 1730, from antepenult (n.), 1610s, abbreviation of L. antepaenultima (syllaba), fem. of antepaenultimus, from ante before (see ANTE (Cf. ante)) + paenultima, from paen almost + ultima last (see ULTIMATE ( …   Etymology dictionary

  • antepenultimate — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ last but two in a series …   English terms dictionary

  • antepenultimate — [an΄tē pē nul′tə mət, an΄tipinul′tə mət; an΄tipē nul′tə mət] adj. [< ANTEPENULT (by assoc. with ULTIMATE)] third last; third from the end n. 1. anything third from the end 2. an antepenult …   English World dictionary

  • antepenultimate — adjective or noun see antepenult …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • antepenultimate — См. terzùltima …   Пятиязычный словарь лингвистических терминов

  • antepenultimate — the third from the end; one preceding the penultimate …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • antepenultimate — adj. [L. ante, before; paene, almost; ultimus, last] Pertaining to the second from the last segment of various invertebrates …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • antepenultimate — /an tee pi nul teuh mit/, adj. 1. third from the end. 2. of or pertaining to an antepenult. n. 3. an antepenult. [1720 30; ANTEPENULT + (ULT)IMATE] * * * …   Universalium

  • antepenultimate — Second from the last; third from the end in a series [AHD]. Third from last, as a segment of appendage [Butler, T.H.] …   Crustacea glossary

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