sti·​let·​to | \ stə-ˈle-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce stiletto (audio) \
plural stilettos or stilettoes

Definition of stiletto

1 : a slender dagger with a blade thick in proportion to its breadth
2 : a pointed instrument for piercing holes for eyelets or embroidery
3 : stiletto heel also : a shoe with a stiletto heel

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Katie holds her hair up with her hands in a sultry, magazine-cover-worthy shot, kicking up her heel to show some seriously high nude stilettos. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Katie Holmes Shares a Surprisingly Sexy, Glammed Up Photo of Herself on Instagram," 15 Mar. 2019 For the important occasion, Meghan opted to wear a high-necked, printed dress by REISS, paired with a blazer by Alexander McQueen and black stilettos by Manolo Blahnik. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Wore a Black-and-White Dress for an International Women's Day Panel," 8 Mar. 2019 Her awe-inspiring diamond necklace is from Tiffany, and underneath her dress, Gaga was wearing ultra-high stiletto platforms by Giuseppe Zanotti. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lady Gaga Dyed Her Hair Blue for the Golden Globes," 7 Jan. 2019 Making an epic entrance to the Venice Film Festival, where her upcoming film A Star Is Born will debut, Gaga sat on the side of a boat while dangling her crossed legs (and stiletto pumps) above the water. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lady Gaga’s Boat Ride to Venice Film Festival Was An Inspiring Level of Extra," 30 Aug. 2018 Mark curing himself, an inspiration to us all—competing for screen time with dominatrix squads of heavily armed women with plastic bodies running around the streets of Marwen on spindly little legs and brightly colored stilettos. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Welcome to Marwen’ Review: An Excess of Fantasy," 20 Dec. 2018 Instead of your typical stiletto, Miley's heels were shaped like her initials. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Miley Cyrus Wore the Coolest Monogrammed High Heels to the 2019 Grammys," 11 Feb. 2019 Beckham hit the fashion scene in a chic two-piece tweed suit that was cut just right, her extra-long trousers concealing her signature stilettos. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Victoria Beckham’s New Fashion Pal? Her Son Brooklyn’s New Girlfriend," 6 Jan. 2019 Her stilettos were made by Layla-Joy Williams to match the dress. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Here's Everything We Know About Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough's Secret Wedding," 26 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of stiletto

circa 1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for stiletto

Italian, diminutive of stilo stylus, dagger, from Latin stilus stylus — more at style

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The first known use of stiletto was circa 1611

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English Language Learners Definition of stiletto

: a woman's shoe with a very high, thin heel
: the heel of a stiletto
: a knife with a thin, pointed blade


sti·​let·​to | \ stə-ˈle-tō How to pronounce stiletto (audio) \
plural stilettos or stilettoes

Kids Definition of stiletto

: a knife with a slender pointed blade

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