penultimate / ultimate

penultimate / ultimate
   Penultimate means "the next to the last (the ultimate)": Little did Al Pacca know that the penultimate shrimp he ate was the one that gave him food poisoning.
   Ultimate is the last or best: I found the ultimate gift for Gary this year.

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  • penultimate / ultimate —    Penultimate means the next to the last (the ultimate) : Little did Al Pacca know that the penultimate shrimp he ate was the one that gave him food poisoning.    Ultimate is the last or best: I found the ultimate gift for Gary this year …   Confused words

  • penultimate — [pi nul′tə mət] adj. [< PENULT, after ULTIMATE] 1. next to the last 2. of the penult n. PENULT penultimately adv …   English World dictionary

  • Ultimate Picture Palace — The Ultimate Picture Palace is a historic grade II listed cinema situated in Jeune Street off the Cowley Road in east Oxford, England. When first opened in 1911 it was Oxford s first purpose built cinema.[1] Contents 1 History 2 References 3 …   Wikipedia

  • Ultimate — The ultimate is the last and final item in a series. The related words penultimate and antepenultimate refer to the second to last and the third to last item in a series, respectively.Ultimate may refer to: *Ultimate (sport), a team disc sport.… …   Wikipedia

  • penultimate — /pi nul teuh mit/, adj. 1. next to the last: the penultimate scene of the play. 2. of or pertaining to a penult. n. 3. a penult. [1670 80; see PENULT, ULTIMATE] * * * …   Universalium

  • penultimate — 1. adjective /pɪˈnʌltɪmət/ a) Coming next to last in a sequence. But it should frequently happen that offspring should resemble its penultimate rather than its latest phase, and should thus be more like a grand parent than a parent. b) Of or… …   Wiktionary

  • penultimate — pe|nul|ti|mate [peˈnʌltımıt, pə ] adj [only before noun] [Date: 1600 1700; : Latin; Origin: paenultimus, from paene almost + ultimus last ] not the last, but immediately before the last = ↑last but one →↑ultimate ▪ the penultimate chapter …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • penultimate — adjective last but one. Origin C17: from L. paenultimus, from paene almost + ultimus last , on the pattern of ultimate …   English new terms dictionary

  • penultimate — pe•nul•ti•mate [[t]pɪˈnʌl tə mɪt[/t]] adj. 1) next to the last 2) ling. of or pertaining to a penult 3) ling. penult • Etymology: 1670–80; see penult, ultimate …   From formal English to slang

  • penultimate — adj. & n. adj. last but one. n. 1 the last but one. 2 the last syllable but one. Etymology: L paenultimus f. paene almost + ultimus last, after ultimate …   Useful english dictionary

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