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 (ăn′tē-pē′nŭlt′, -pĭ-nŭlt′)
The third syllable from the end in a word, such as te in antepenult.

[Short for Late Latin antepaenultima, from feminine of antepaenultimus, antepenultimate; see antepenultimate.]


(ˌæntɪpɪˈnʌlt) or


(Linguistics) the third last syllable in a word
[C16: shortened from Latin (syllaba) antepaenultima; see ante-, penult]


(ˌæn tiˈpi nʌlt, -pɪˈnʌlt)

the third syllable from the end in a word, as te in antepenult.
[1575–85; < Latin (syllaba)antepaenultima the second (syllable) from the last. See ante-, penult]
an`te•pe•nul′ti•mate, adj., n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.antepenult - the 3rd syllable of a word counting back from the endantepenult - the 3rd syllable of a word counting back from the end
syllable - a unit of spoken language larger than a phoneme; "the word `pocket' has two syllables"


[ˌæntipɪˈnʌlt] Nsílaba f antepenúltima
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Its starting point is an article by Cyrus Gordon,(11) who found that the stress shifts from the normal penultimate position, as in qatalti, to final position, wqatalti, "when, and only when, (a) the penult is a closed syllable or (b) the penult and antepenult are both naturally long syllables".
Therefore, stress may fall on the antepenult of a suffix form, such as (5b), (5c), (5d), constituting an apparent counterexample to the generalization of a penultimate stress pattern.
Neither Aske's nor Eddington's experiment focuses on quantity sensitivity, so having words like remington <type of rifle> in mind, I wanted to put to the test the importance of the penultimate syllable--whether a closed penult really blocks stress on the antepenult.
Stress placement on the 4829 most frequent polysyllabic words in Spanish Word ending Final stress Penult stress Antepenult stress Vowel 178 2494 178 /s/ 20 909 94 Consonant (except /s/) 778 176 2 Table 2.