From ante- + penultimate.
antepenultimate (not comparable)
- Two before the last, i.e., the one immediately before the penultimate, in a series.
- This book has ten chapters — chapter 8 is the antepenultimate one.
- 1677, Robert Plot, “Of the Heavens and Air”, in The natural history of Oxford-shire: Being an Essay Toward the Natural History of England, page 15:
- […] they [the sounds of an echo] next strike the ultimate secondary object, then the penultimate and antepenultimate; […]
- (adjectives denoting syllables): ultimate (last), penultimate (last but one), preantepenultimate (last but three), propreantepenultimate (last but four)
two before the last
antepenultimate (plural antepenultimates)
- Two before the last in a series. e.g. (..., antepenultimate, penultimate, ultimate)
- The syllable that comes two before the last in a word.
- The words animal, citizen, comedy, dangerous, obvious, and antepenultimate are stressed on the antepenultimate.