Penultimate

Pronunciation: [ pi-nuhl-tuh-mit ]

Definition: adjective

next to the last

Origin: Late 17th century; Latin

Etymology: from Latin paenultimus, from paene ‘almost’ + ultimus ‘last’, on the pattern of ultimate


Usage:

Synonyms:

  • next-to-last

  • consequent

  • ensuing

  • following

  • succeeding

Antonyms:

  • beginning

  • first

  • foremost

  • initial

  • earliest

Example: Finally, the production had arrived at the penultimate scene of the musical.

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