Meaning of penult in English:


Pronunciation /pɪˈnʌlt/


  • The penultimate syllable of a word.

    ‘The first places stress either on the penult of the stem (orIGin-al, with source ORigin; VIRgin-al and proFESSion-al already have the stress on this syllable in the source), or on the final syllable (diaLECTal, with source DIalect).’
    • ‘The main characteristic regarding accent in Japanese is that the highest accent is on the penult (second to the last syllable).’
    • ‘If the ultima is long, and if the penult is accented, then it must be acute.’


archaic term for penultimate