Definition of penult in English:

penult

noun

Linguistics
  • The penultimate syllable of a word.

    • ‘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.’

adjective

Pronunciation

penult

/ˈpēˌnəlt/