verb (used without object)
Origin of protocol
Related formspro·to·col·ar [proh-tuh-kol-er] /ˌproʊ təˈkɒl ər/, pro·to·col·a·ry, pro·to·col·ic, adjective
In Medieval Latin prōtocollum acquired the meaning “draft (of a document), minutes (of a meeting), public register, a document bearing an official seal.” By the middle of the 19th century, French developed the sense “official norms of behavior or etiquette to be maintained between states and their ministers; the accepted and customary codes of behavior in polite society.” In late 19th-century Russia, protocol ( protokól ) meant “an official police record of a case or incident,” its meaning in the infamous “Protocols [ protokóly ] of the Elders of Zion,” first published in Russia in 1903.
Examples from the Web for protocol
The new information consisted of Internet protocol addresses that Comey said are “exclusively used” by North Korea.
There were not just one, not two but THREE breaches of protocol last night.
What should the protocol be for engaging people on the street who offer unsolicited “compliments?”
Personal protective gear is only as effective as the protocol for using it.
Ford has generally held meetings in his suite, however, in what's called the "protocol lounge" just outside his private office.
Before either the new London protocol or the Alexandria convention could be carried into effect, further differences had arisen.The Political History of England - Vol XI|George Brodrick
According to the protocol of an interview with the ambassador (in Murdin, 579) there can be no doubt of the reality of the plot.
A settlement of this troublesome case was reached by the signature of a protocol on September 18, 1909.State of the Union Addresses of William H. Taft|William H. Taft
The Plenipotentiaries then signed the protocol of the conferences to which I have above alluded.Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte, Complete|Louis Antoine Fauvelet de Bourrienne
Though applied to Greece in the Protocol of February 1830, it had had to wait nearly fifty years for universal acceptance.
British Dictionary definitions for protocol
- a record of data or observations on a particular experiment or proceeding
- an annexe appended to a treaty to deal with subsidiary matters or to render the treaty more lucid
- a formal international agreement or understanding on some matter