sti·​let·​to | \ stə-ˈle-(ˌ)tō \
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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There are 9 main nail shapes: round, square, rounded square, oval, squoval, ballerina, almond, stiletto, and lipstick. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "The Easy Way to Figure Out Which Nail Shape Looks Best on You," 10 Jan. 2019 Halsey’s shoes, nude stilettos with heels made of pearls, were only just barely visible beneath her dress. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Halsey Wore a Bunch of Layered Necklaces as a Gown and That's It," 19 Nov. 2018 Now the brand is even making surprisingly dainty Croc stilettos. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Venus X Pulls Off Those Impossible Balenciaga Platform Crocs," 16 Oct. 2018 For the occasion, the Duchess of Sussex wore a top by Oscar de la Renta and trousers by Altuzarra, and even managed to get in on a ball-passing drill wall wearing stilettos. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Showed Off Her Sporty Side in a Wrap Top at the Coach Core Awards," 24 Sep. 2018 Case in point with these stilettos, which boast the same trendy bow and taupe color and cost only $40. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "You Can Get Nude Pumps Like Meghan Markle's for Just $40," 26 July 2018 One woman wore glossy black latex gloves and had fingernails like stilettos. Sophie Ouellette-howitz, SELF, "This Is Why You Should Pay for Porn," 7 Nov. 2018 Each shoe seems to have its own streak of confidence, like a stiletto with pony hair, zebra stripes with a pop of neon that commands attention, or a holograph, python-print track sneaker that will definitely turn heads at the gym. Jasmine Snow, Seventeen, "#ShoesdayTuesday Trend: Animal Print!," 20 Aug. 2013 Combined with minimal jewelry and a pair of sky-high patent stilettos, the look was old Hollywood glamour at its finest. Gina Mei, Cosmopolitan, "Sansa Stark Looks Almost Unrecognizable on the Venice Film Festival Red Carpet," 6 Sep. 2016

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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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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 \
plural stilettos or stilettoes

Kids Definition of stiletto

: a knife with a slender pointed blade

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