Definition of penult in English:

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Pronunciation: /pɪˈnʌlt/


The penultimate syllable of a word.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Words that rhyme with penult

consult, cult, exult, indult, insult, result, ult

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