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[tit-l] /ˈtɪt l/
a dot or other small mark in writing or printing, used as a diacritic, punctuation, etc.
a very small part or quantity; a particle, jot, or whit:
He said he didn't care a tittle.
Origin of tittle
before 900; Middle English titel, Old English titul < Medieval Latin titulus mark over letter or word. See title Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for tittle
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  • Not in one jot or tittle would it suffer in the authority of its teaching.

    The Soul of a People H. Fielding
  • Three days had passed, and he had not broken his vow—no, not in one jot or tittle.

    The Nebuly Coat John Meade Falkner
  • And what have they to offer thee which are worth the least tittle of that which she would have given thee?

    Thais Anatole France
  • But there was not a tittle of evidence against them, and they were discharged.

    Tom Gerrard Louis Becke
  • She had no desire to keep from his knowledge any tittle of what had occurred.

    Miss Mackenzie

    Anthony Trollope
  • One jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from it till all be fulfilled.

    The Spirit of Lafayette James Mott Hallowell
  • Let them accuse him as they might, there would be no tittle of evidence against him.

    Cousin Henry

    Anthony Trollope
  • But of criticism he can have no jot or tittle, no trace or germ.

  • Did I depart in any jot or tittle from the Laws of the Bucaniers?

    Past and Present Thomas Carlyle
  • Now was her turn; and she would not abate one jot or tittle.

    Cleek, the Master Detective

    Thomas W. Hanshew
British Dictionary definitions for tittle


a small mark in printing or writing, esp a diacritic
a jot; particle
Word Origin
C14: from Medieval Latin titulus label, from Latin: title
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Word Origin and History for tittle

late 14c., "small stroke or point in writing," representing Latin apex in Late Latin sense of "accent mark over a vowel," borrowed (perhaps by influence of Provençal titule "the dot over -i-") from Latin titulus "inscription, heading" (see title (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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