from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- adjective Next to last.
- adjective Linguistics Of or relating to the penult of a word.
- noun The next to the last.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun In whist and bridge, the lowest but one of a suit.
- 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
- noun That member of a series which is the last but one; specifically, the last syllable but one of a word.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun The penult.
- adjective Last but one.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- adjective formal Coming next-to-last in a
- adjective linguistics Of or pertaining to a
- noun this sense?) A next-to-last thing.
- noun linguistics A next-to-last syllable in a linguistic unit.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun the next to last syllable in a word
- adjective next to the last
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
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The former Republican New York gubernatorial candidate pens a letter insulting a journalist "Maybe it's your youth, immaturity, inexperience, or what appears to be an endless desire to ingratiate yourself with people in power...", then misuses the word "penultimate."
No words but monosyllables or contracted forms have the accent on the last; dissyllables are therefore always accented on the first, and polysyllables on the first or second, according as the penultimate is short or long, _Lúcius, cecídi_.
graeme on 8-19-2008 at 1:14 pm yay for the proper usage of the word penultimate!
I started reading and was immediately sideswiped and distracted by the lead-in writer’s use of the word penultimate - Gilder’s penultimate point?
These philosophies are what might be called the penultimate forms of irrationalism.
Southwards down the African coast it is doubtful whether in face of the interference of England, Russia, France, Denmark and Spain, he could have made piracy pay; but in turning for the Mediterranean he took what we may call the penultimate step of his life which meant for him settling down.
In the last section of this MS. _but one_ (that is, the penultimate), I think that I have omitted a line in the copy sent to you from Florence, viz. after the line --
The eighth wicket was taken by Malinga and the penultimate was a run-out!
Here we are at the second to last A Movie A Day, what Herc would call penultimate, and the final film in nearly a work-week worth of Neil Simon movies: CALIFORNIA SUITE.
Of course, this pope is described as the penultimate pope, to be followed by "Peter of Rome" who will destroy the city.