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 Makers of dress shoes, such as stiletto specialist Jimmy Choo, have experienced a slowdown. Marc Bain, Quartz, "The shelter-at-home era poses a fundamental challenge to fashion," 29 Dec. 2020 Summitt, who died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease in 2016, with her bright orange suits and stiletto heels, her dramatic eye makeup, her withering stares and legions of passionate fans, was a larger-than-life persona. Ann Killion,, "When Stanford’s VanDerveer passes Summitt, history will be made quietly," 23 Nov. 2020 While she's worn long and pointy stiletto nails many times in the past, this look is another level. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Cardi B Just Debuted a Reebok-Themed Manicure in One of Her Longest Nail Looks to Date," 11 Oct. 2020 Demna Gvasalia designed a Balenciaga collection that was wearable and sustainable, but matched it with novelty shoes like hotel slippers and Birkenstocks featuring stiletto heels. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "This Season, Designers Expressed Escapism From the Thighs Down," 7 Oct. 2020 In an emotional, very New York huff, Lopez walks out in the snow wearing stiletto boots, while carrying a full Coach collection of bags and luggage, all printed in its can’t-miss-it, bold C monogram. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Jennifer Lopez on Designing Her First Bag With Coach," 1 Oct. 2020 The outfits paid homage to Beckham's time as a Spice Girl, when her signature ensemble was a black minidress and stiletto heels. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "Victoria Beckham and Daughter Harper Channel Their Inner Posh Spice," 26 Aug. 2020 According to the campaign, that means pairing foldover knee-high boots with just a crewneck and oversized hoodies with lace-up stiletto boots. Eliza Huber,, "Khloé Kardashian’s New Good American Launch Includes A Tie-Dye Sweatsuit," 20 Aug. 2020 Lopez paired the look with oversized Gucci sunglasses, a Valentino raffia mini bag, and sleek, strappy PVC stiletto heels. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "J.Lo Rocks a Breezy Valentino Number for a Dinner Date with A-Rod," 6 Aug. 2020

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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 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Stiletto.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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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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