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
Recent Examples of stiletto from the Web
That feeling has driven many a purchase of beautiful, impractical stilettos.
It should be noted that stiletto sandals were never an option.
Geared for on-the-go women, Maison Ullen clothing is meant to be interchangeable with sneakers, brogues and stilettos.
The Pitch Perfect star, who previously wore Ralph and Russo to the Oscars this year, paired the see-through dress with black undergarments, stiletto boots and noir nail polish.
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Origin and Etymology of stiletto
Italian, diminutive of stilo stylus, dagger, from Latin stilus stylus — more at style
First Known Use: circa 1611
STILETTO Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of stiletto for English Language Learners
: a woman's shoe with a very high, thin heel
: the heel of a stiletto
: a knife with a thin, pointed blade
STILETTO Defined for Kids
Definition of stiletto for Students
: a knife with a slender pointed blade
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