Punt, ancient land S of Egypt accessible by way of the Red Sea. Its exact location has not been identified, but it probably included the Somali coast. Temple reliefs at Deir el Bahari in W Thebes depict an Egyptian expedition to Punt in the reign of Hatshepsut. From Punt the Egyptians obtained slaves, as well as gold and incense.

Punt can mean the following:

  • A type of boat
    • Punt (boat), a flat-bottomed boat with a square-cut bow developed on the River Thames
    • Norfolk Punt, a type of racing dinghy developed in Norfolk
    • Cable ferry, known as a punt in Australian English
  • Punt (football), a way of kicking a ball
  • Land of Punt, a fabled site in eastern Africa that was the source of many exotic products
  • Punt, the indentation on the bottom of a wine bottle
  • the Irish word for pound, specifically the Irish pound
  • El Punt, a Catalan newspaper


  • Jos Punt (1946– ), a Dutch bishop
  • Steve Punt (1962– ), a British comedian, of Punt and Dennis

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