Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A fine point of etiquette.
  • noun Precise observance of formalities.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A small point.
  • noun A nice point, especially in conduct, ceremony, or proceeding; also, particularity or exactness in the observance of forms.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A nice point of exactness in conduct, ceremony, or proceeding; particularity or exactness in forms.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A fine point in exactness of conduct, ceremony or procedure. Strictness in observance of formalities.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a fine point of etiquette or petty formality
  • noun strict observance of formalities

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Obsolete Italian punctiglio, from Spanish puntillo, diminutive of punto, point, from Latin pūnctum, from neuter past participle of pungere, to prick; see peuk- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Italian puntiglio, or Spanish puntillo, diminutive from Latin punctum point.

Examples

Comments

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  • Funny... I told my S.O. about this site and the first thing he said was, "You should add punctilio."

    And *I* said, "Guess you need to log on and start a list."

    February 2, 2007

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Daily_Punctilio

    Daily Punctilio, anyone?

    August 31, 2007

  • Is this chained_bear's first comment?

    October 11, 2008

  • No, but it might be near the first.

    I should delete it.

    October 12, 2008

  • Somebody called for the Wordie Historian? Here is c_b's first comment. Clearly, I don't want to do work. :P In the future, just change the numbers in the URL to match the person's comment count. Takes 2 seconds. :) Oh, and c_b don't delete it! It's part of wordieternity!

    October 22, 2008

  • Oh, and then you click the arrow to see the previous hundred comments. Here is my first comment. I like seeing what I was talking about back then. :)

    October 22, 2008

  • psst... jennarenn... I think you meant to link to this page. Your link gives an app. error.

    October 22, 2008

  • Crud. Thanks c_b. I feel like my slip is showing.

    October 22, 2008

  • But why does it do that? http://wordie.org/people/comments/chained_bear?o=10865, for example, currently works for me, so why are certain values of o breaking?

    October 22, 2008