sti·​let·​to stə-ˈle-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce stiletto (audio)
plural stilettos or stilettoes
: a slender dagger with a blade thick in proportion to its breadth
: a pointed instrument for piercing holes for eyelets or embroidery
: stiletto heel
also : a shoe with a stiletto heel

Examples of stiletto in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But Carey paired the look with a pair of white leather bootie stilettos. Charna Flam, Peoplemag, 16 Nov. 2023 Pair it with black stilettos and a dark smokey eye for a look that screams elegance and confidence. Poppy Morgan, Rolling Stone, 15 Nov. 2023 Vampire nails sees dangerous-looking red and black manis in a whole bunch of renditions, from aura to ombré to stiletto. Elle Turner, Glamour, 16 Oct. 2023 The slim stiletto stick delivers potent pigment with high gleam — without the tacky texture. Liana Schaffner, Allure, 21 Sep. 2023 First things first, Swift wore yet another preppy pleated mini skirt with a skinny belt and form-fitting black long-sleeve shirt, but her thigh-high Stella McCartney stiletto boots ($1,850) were anything but expected on the 33-year-old singer. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, 5 Nov. 2023 There are many others showcasing Hilaria in stilettos in various yoga poses. John Paul Brammer, SELF, 3 Nov. 2023 Then, there’s fringed shoes as well as high stilettos. Kristen Bateman, Vogue, 30 Oct. 2023 The social media star also swapped her usual blonde locks for a jet-black bob, and accessorized with a matching red scarf, a clutch and stilettos. Bailey Richards, Peoplemag, 28 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

circa 1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of stiletto was circa 1611

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Cite this Entry

“Stiletto.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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sti·​let·​to stə-ˈlet-ō How to pronounce stiletto (audio)
plural stilettos or stilettoes
: a slender dagger
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