preantepenultimate

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    Cardinal: four
    Ordinal: fourth
    Latinate ordinal: quartary, quaternary
    Reverse order ordinal: fourth to last, fourth from last, last but three
    Latinate reverse order ordinal: preantepenultimate
    Adverbial: four times
    Multiplier: fourfold
    Latinate multiplier: quadruple
    Distributive: quadruply
    Group collective: foursome
    Multipart collective: quadruplet
    Greek or Latinate collective: tetrad
    Greek collective prefix: tetra-, tessera-
    Latinate collective prefix: quadri-
    Fractional: quarter, fourth
    Latinate fractional prefix: quadrant-
    Elemental: quadruplet
    Greek prefix: tetarto-
    Number of musicians: quartet
    Number of years: quadrennium, olympiad

Etymology

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Nominal sense attested since 1746; adjectival sense attested since 1791: pre- +‎ antepenultimate.[1]

Pronunciation

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Noun

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preantepenultimate (plural preantepenultimates)

  1. (chiefly phonetics, obsolete, rare)[1] preantepenult[1]
    • 1830, John Walker, A Key to the Classical Pronunciation of Greek, Latin, and Scripture Proper Names, New York, N.Y.: J.F. Dove, page 169:
      Accent the Preantepenultimate.

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Adjective

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preantepenultimate (not comparable)

  1. (chiefly phonetics and biology)[1] Three before the end; fourth to last.[1]
    • 2010, Editors Martin Maiden, John Charles Smith, Adam Ledgeway, The Cambridge History of the Romance Languages: Volume 1, Structures, Cambridge University Press, →ISBN, page 82:
      …PWs with preantepenultimate and even fifth-but-last stress occur,…
    • 1874, Andrew Leith Adams, On the Dentition and Osteology of the Maltese Fossil Elephants, Zoological Society of London, page 10:
      First or Preantepenultimate Milk-molar; Second or Ante- penultimate Milk-molar.

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References

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 preantepenultimate, n. and adj.” listed in the Oxford English Dictionary [Draft revision; Dec. 2007]