penultimate [pi-nuhl-tuh-mit] ExamplesWord Origin adjective
- next to the last: the penultimate scene of the play.
- of or relating to a penult or the next to the last syllable in a word: In the word appropriate, -pri- is the penultimate syllable.
- a penult.
But then that big bang that ended the penultimate episode happened.
Kevin Fallon, Marlow Stern
June 20, 2014
And on the penultimate episode of The Bachelor, Assistant District Attorney Andi became the second to reject him.
February 26, 2014
Just look at the penultimate symbol of urban renaissance, Brooklyn.
November 30, 2013
The penultimate episode of the series found Walter White (Bryan Cranston) alone in a New Hampshire cabin.
September 25, 2013
The penultimate band is $200,000 to $250,000, which is ten times as wide as the previous band.
February 6, 2013
Historical Examples of penultimate
Is it the ultimate, or is it only the penultimate, datum of cognition?
And so it was with Cicero during this the penultimate year of his life.
There he commenced ‘Count Robert of Paris,’ the penultimate of his published tales.
Verbs with mag- of this sort always have penultimate stress.
John U. Wolff
In the former the last whorl is broadest, in the latter the penultimate.
John William Horsley
British Dictionary definitions for penultimate penultimate adjective
- next to the last
- anything that is next to the last, esp a penult
Word Origin for penultimate C17: from Latin paene almost + ultimate, on the model of Latin paenultimus Word Origin and History for penultimate adj.