penultimate

Exam frequency

GRE

medium

Banks

medium

Civil Services

medium

Meaning(s)

second last in a series of things

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penultimate - next-to-last

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‘Penultimate’ comes from the Latin word meaning ‘almost last’. More specifically, we use it as a chronological term to refer to something that is next-to-last in a sequence. As it is quite formal, it is not used that often in everyday conversation, but is common in written English, particularly print media.

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Synonyms second-to-last,intermediate,last-but-one
Antonyms finale,foremost

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  1. Don’t worry, this is only the penultimate class of the year so you still have one more chance next week to submit your assignment.

  2. I thought that the penultimate episode of the series was disappointing, but the finale was superb.

  3. We arranged a meeting for the penultimate week in March as both our schedules are already full for the other 3 weeks of the month.

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