stiletto

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noun sti·let·to \stə-ˈle-(ˌ)tō\

Definition of stiletto

plural

stilettos

or

stilettoes

  1. 1 :  a slender dagger with a blade thick in proportion to its breadth

  2. 2 :  a pointed instrument for piercing holes for eyelets or embroidery

  3. 3 :  stiletto heel; also :  a shoe with a stiletto heel

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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

stiletto

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noun

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

stiletto

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noun sti·let·to \stə-ˈle-tō\

Definition of stiletto for Students

plural

stilettos

or

stilettoes

  1. :  a knife with a slender pointed blade



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