Definition of penultimate in English:

penultimate

Line breaks: pen|ul¦ti|mate
Pronunciation: /pɪˈnʌltɪmət
 
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adjective

[attributive]
Last but one in a series of things; second last: the penultimate chapter of the book
More example sentences
  • It seems certain that the opening chapter of the penultimate story in the series will contain major revelations.
  • Even so, they will go tomorrow into the penultimate day of the series knowing they still have a chance of squaring it.
  • The penultimate chapter of the book asks if fascism can reappear in modern society, using the five stages as an indicator.

Origin

late 17th century: from Latin paenultimus, from paene 'almost' + ultimus 'last', on the pattern of ultimate.

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