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antepenultimate

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Coming before the next to the last in a series.
  • n. An antepenult.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Two before the last, i.e., the one immediately before the penultimate, in a series.
  • adj. Last but two; third from last.
  • n. Two before the last in a series. e.g. (..., antepenultimate, penultimate, ultimate)
  • n. The syllable that comes two before the last in a word.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the last syllable but two.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Immediately preceding that one of a series which is next to the last one; being the third from the last of a series: as, the antepenultimate joint of a limb.
  • Pertaining to the last syllable but two.
  • n. The antepenultima.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the 3rd syllable of a word counting back from the end
  • adj. third from last

Etymologies

From Late Latin antepaenultimus : Latin ante-, ante- + Latin paenultimus, next to last; see penult.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
ante- meaning before, pen- from the Latin paene meaning almost, and ultimate from the Latin ultimus meaning last (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • Bonn, Germany ⎯ On Monday, the antepenultimate UNFCCC organizing meeting kicked off in Bonn, as representatives from the 178 governments and 3100 participants gathered to hammer out differences and draw up a draft text in preparation for the COP 16 meeting taking place in December in Cancún.

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  • I guess it wouldn't have occurred to me so quickly if I was just reading the plays rather than listening to them as well, but it's obvious that Shakespeare is stressing the antepenultimate (or, as we say in English, third last) syllable: "SeMIRamis".

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