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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.]
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(Linguistics) the third last syllable in a word
[C16: shortened from Latin (syllaba) antepaenultima; see ante-, penult]
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an•te•pe•nult(ˌæn tiˈpi nʌlt, -pɪˈnʌlt)
the third syllable from the end in a word, as te in antepenult.
an`te•pe•nul′ti•mate, adj., n.
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|Noun||1.||antepenult - 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"
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