from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Next to last.
- adj. Linguistics Of or relating to the penult of a word: penultimate stress.
- n. The next to the last.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Coming next-to-last in a sequence.
- adj. Of or pertaining to a penult.
- n. this sense?) A next-to-last thing.
- n. A next-to-last syllable in a linguistic unit.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Last but one.
- n. The penult.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Immediately preceding that member of a series which is the last; next before the last; being the last but one: as, the penultimate syllable; the penultimate joint. Compare antepenultimate.
- n. That member of a series which is the last but one; specifically, the last syllable but one of a word.
- n. In whist and bridge, the lowest but one of a suit.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the next to last syllable in a word
- adj. next to the last
From Latin paenultimus; see penult.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin paenultimus, from paene ("almost") + ultimus ("last"). (Wiktionary)