penult, penultimate stress: Penultimate means 'next-to-last', so the penult is the next-to-last syllable of a word, and penultimate stress is stress that falls on the penult. For example, in most American English the noun "permit" has penultimate stress (pérmit) while the verb "permit" has ultimate stress (permít) See also: antepenult, antepenultimate stress. [Spanish: penúltimo, grave [1], llano]