Definition of penult in English:


Syllabification: pe·nult
Pronunciation: /ˈpēˌnəlt, peˈnəlt


  • The penultimate syllable of a word.
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    • 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.


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