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Thursday, October 3

Penultimate

[pi-nəl-tə-mət]

Part of speech: adjective

Origin: Latin, 17th century

1.

Next to last in a series

2.

The next-to-last syllable of a single word

Examples of Penultimate in a sentence

"The penultimate episode of the series was much more emotional than the finale."

"The penultimate syllable of the word penultimate is 'ti.'"

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About Penultimate

Sometimes the English language creates multiple words for a very specific purpose. Penultimate is partnered with two other words that mean "second-to-last," penult and penultima. However, these both tend to refer specifically to the second-to-last syllable of a word.

Did you Know?

Many writers incorrectly use penultimate as an intensified version of the word ultimate. Though this might have a nice ring to it, no editor in the world would let it slide.

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