Definition of antepenult in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌantɪpɪˈnʌlt/

Entry from British & World English dictionary


The last syllable but two in a word, e.g. -ul- in antepenultimate.
Example sentences
  • If the word's ultima is short, the accent will recede to the antepenult and it will always be an acute accent.
  • Stress is placed on the penult if it is long and on the antepenult if the penult is short.
  • The ultima is long, and therefore the antepenult cannot be accented.
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