noun (plural preantepenultimates)
adjective (no comparative or superlative)
- The syllable that comes three before the last in a word.
- The word "necessary" is stressed on the preantepenultimate.
Etymology: pre-, before, ante-, before, paene-, before, + ultimate
- Three before the last in a series.
- This book has ten chapters – chapter 7 is the preantepenultimate one.
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