(adjective) third from last

antepenult, antepenultima, antepenultimate

(noun) the 3rd syllable of a word counting back from the end

Source: WordNet® 3.1


ante- meaning before, pen- from the Latin paene meaning almost, and ultimate from the Latin ultimus meaning last


antepenultimate (not comparable)

Two before the last, i.e, the one immediately before the penultimate, in a series.


• peripenultimate

• propenultimate

• third last

• third to last

Coordinate terms

• (adjectives denoting syllables): ultimate (last), penultimate (last but one), antepenultimate (last but two), preantepenultimate (last but three), propreantepenultimate (last but four)


antepenultimate (plural antepenultimates)

Two before the last in a series. e.g. (.., antepenultimate, penultimate, ultimate)

The syllable that comes two before the last in a word.

Source: Wiktionary

An`te*pe*nult"i*mate, a.

Definition: Of or pertaining to the last syllable but two.

– n.

Definition: The antepenult.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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