penultimate
[ pi-nuhl-tuh-mit ]
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Part of Speechadjective
Origin + Etymology
from Latin paenultimus, from paene ‘almost’ + ultimus ‘last’, on the pattern of ultimate
Synonyms
  • next-to-last
  • consequent
  • ensuing
  • eventual
  • following
  • succeeding
Antonyms
  • beginning
  • first
  • foremost
  • initial
  • earliest
Definition
next to the last
Example
Finally, the production had arrived at the penultimate scene of the musical.
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