from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One who is strict and precise in adherence to established rules, forms, or standards, especially with regard to religious observance or moral behavior.
- n. A Puritan.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A religious purist; a Puritan.
- n. Someone who strictly observes the rules; a pedant or stickler.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who limits, or restrains.
- n. An overprecise person; one rigidly or ceremoniously exact in the observance of rules; a formalist; -- formerly applied to the English Puritans.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Precise; punctiliously or ostentatiously observant of rules or doctrines.
- Characteristic of precisians; puritanical.
- n. One who adheres punctiliously to certain rules or observances; especially, one who is precise in matters of religion: often used depreciatingly with reference to the English Puritans of the seventeenth century.
From precise.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From precise + -ian. (Wiktionary)