Definition of pointillé in US English:

pointillé

(also pointille)

adjective

  • Ornamented with a design or pattern composed of fine dots. Of a tool: used to engrave or incise such designs.

noun

  • Decorative work made with a series of fine dots; a garment, etc., decorated in this way. Also figurative. Now rare.

Origin

Late 19th century. From French pointillé, past participle of pointiller to mark or represent with small points or dots from point + -iller, frequentative suffix.