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

Examples of stiletto in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Oxford shoes are a classic professional footwear option for women, and as Roberts just showcased, a block-heel version is a fun twist on the traditional silhouette that adds height without the pain of stiletto heels. Claire Harmeyer,, 19 Apr. 2022 Her manicure is a bright scarlet hue, made even more bold by a pointy stiletto shape. Gabi Thorne, Allure, 9 Mar. 2022 Fox wore a single-sleeve cherry red latex top, graphic low-rise maxi skirt, and matching red stiletto booties. Sam Reed, Glamour, 28 Apr. 2022 Bullock kicked off her press tour a few weeks ago, when she was first spotted on Stewart’s Instagram wearing a vibrant, long-sleeve Stella Jean dress in shimmery hues of blue and pink, complete with pointy-toe Giuseppe Zanotti stiletto boots. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 15 Mar. 2022 Lipa wore a pair of the Italian brand's infamous pantaboots (à la Julia Fox), this stiletto iteration in acid wash and bearing a diamond-pattern print. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 4 Mar. 2022 They were shaped into a super sharp stiletto point — a shape the star loves — and covered with a light blue hue that looks serene. Gabi Thorne, Allure, 15 Apr. 2022 Her stiletto tips featured 3D nail art and lots of texture. Ariana Yaptangco, Glamour, 3 Apr. 2022 The gun was outfitted with stiletto chokes designed to give the gun more accuracy in door-breaching situations, the agent explained. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, 30 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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13 May 2022

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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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