Word Origin late 17th century: from Latin paenultimus from paene 'almost' + ultimus 'last' on the pattern of ultimate.
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Penultimate isn't the last word in words for things that are next to last. There is a pair of noun synonyms that are used commonly enough to have gained entry into abridged dictionaries: penult and penultima.
If you hear someone say "that pizza was the penultimate" or "my uncle is the penultimate gift-giver " you could think from the context that penultimate means "the very best." It sounds like it means "the super-ultimate" or the "extra-ultimate " as in the very last very latest or very best thing.
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