noun, plural punc·til·i·os for 1.
Origin of punctilio
Examples from the Web for punctilio
There was thus an artificial element in his punctilio that at times might almost raise a smile.Memoir of Fleeming Jenkin|Robert Louis Stevenson
Punctilio, pungk-til′yo, n. a nice point in behaviour or ceremony: nicety in forms: exact observance of forms.
Mr. Fenellan repeated, in a pause, 'Punctilio,' and not emphatically.One of Our Conquerors, Complete|George Meredith
My superintendents are indulgent; but to a punctilio they demand a due observance of decorum and propriety of conduct.The Romance of Old New England Rooftrees|Mary Caroline Crawford
But I will not stand on punctilio when it is a question of trying to save a Penreath of Twelvetrees from the gallows.The Shrieking Pit|Arthur J. Rees
British Dictionary definitions for punctilio
noun plural -os
Word Origin for punctilio
Word Origin and History for punctilio
1590s, "point," also "detail of action," from Italian puntiglio or Spanish puntillo, diminutive of punto "point" (see point (n.)).