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n. pl. punc·til·i·os
1. A fine point of etiquette.
2. Precise observance of formalities.

[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.]


n, pl -os
1. strict attention to minute points of etiquette
2. a petty formality or fine point of etiquette
[C16: from Italian puntiglio small point, from punto point, from Latin punctum point]


(pʌŋkˈtɪl iˌoʊ)

n., pl. -til•i•os.
1. a fine point, particular, or detail, as of conduct, ceremony, or procedure.
2. strictness or exactness in the observance of formalities or amenities.
[1590–1600; alter. of Italian puntiglio < Sp puntillo, diminutive of punto < Latin pūnctum point]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.punctilio - a fine point of etiquette or petty formality
etiquette - rules governing socially acceptable behavior
2.punctilio - strict observance of formalities
honoring, observance - conformity with law or custom or practice etc.


[pʌŋkˈtɪlɪəʊ] N (punctilios (pl)) (frm) → puntillo m, etiqueta f
References in classic literature ?
So the Pygmies resolved to set aside all foolish punctilios, and assail their antagonist at once.
Exceptis excipiendis,'' replied the hermit, ``as our old abbot taught me to say, when impertinent laymen should ask me if I kept every punctilio of mine order.
This donation may be regarded, therefore, as a signal punctilio of Indian honor; but it will be found that the animal soon proved an unlucky acquisition to the party.