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tittle

[tit-l]
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noun
  1. a dot or other small mark in writing or printing, used as a diacritic, punctuation, etc.
  2. 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
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Examples from the Web for tittle

Historical Examples

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for tittle

tittle

noun
  1. a small mark in printing or writing, esp a diacritic
  2. a jot; particle

Word Origin

C14: from Medieval Latin titulus label, from Latin: title
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Word Origin and History for tittle

n.

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.)).

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