A fine point of etiquette.
Precise observance of formalities.
A nice point of conduct, ceremony, etc.
Observance of petty formalities.
A fine point in exactness of conduct, ceremony or procedure. Strictness in observance of formalities.
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Other Word Forms
Origin of punctilio
- Obsolete Italian punctiglio from Spanish puntillo diminutive of punto point from Latin pūnctum from neuter past participle of pungere to prick peuk- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition