penultimate

[ pi-nuhl-tuh-mit ]

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Part of Speech

adjective

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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