- a nice point of conduct, ceremony, etc.
- observance of petty formalities
Origin of punctilioaltered (infl. by L) from Spanish puntillo or Italian puntiglio, diminutive of punto from Classical Latin punctum, a point
- A fine point of etiquette.
- Precise observance of formalities.
Origin of punctilioObsolete 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.
- A fine point in exactness of conduct, ceremony or procedure. Strictness in observance of formalities.
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