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

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Sky-high stilettos continue to reign supreme, although flats and dad sneaks were spotted on several guests. Mekita Rivas,, "The Most Traffic-Stopping Street Style From Paris Couture Week 2019," 5 July 2019 At one point, Shayk, dressed in an I’m-all-business Burberry coat and four-inch stilettos, is posing on the sidewalk in front of the house’s quintessential New York stoop when a crew member requests adding a ‘50s-style pram to the shot. Olivia Fleming, Harper's BAZAAR, "Will the Real Irina Shayk Please Stand Up," 11 July 2019 But the Los Angeles resident has since put one stiletto in front of the other and moved on with her new company (Girlboss) and her new boyfriend (longtime friend Galen Pehrson). Lindzi Scharf,, "Sophia Amoruso, L.A.’s millennial ‘Girlboss,’ is busy with her second act," 3 July 2019 And Claws actress Karrueche Tran led red carpet coverage duties for BET while wearing a sunny yellow suit and purple stilettos. Mekita Rivas,, "All The BET Awards Red Carpet Looks That Made Us Do A Double Take," 25 June 2019 So when an intense alien with nefarious plans and sky high stilettos, Vuk (Jessica Chastain) tells her that she’s just misunderstood and to follow her, Jean is all ears. Lindsey Bahr, Detroit Free Press, "The X-Men struggle to the end in ‘Dark Phoenix’," 6 June 2019 Lady Gaga, master of creating her own dress code, has worn stilettos while hiking, laying out on the beach, attending the World Series, and even riding in the back of a grocery cart. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lady Gaga’s Boat Ride to Venice Film Festival Was An Inspiring Level of Extra," 30 Aug. 2018 People were wearing stilettos, by choice, which always shocks me. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, "Make a Huge Pie This Weekend," 22 June 2019 Skip the stilettos and reach for a comfortable pair of loafers or fashion-forward sneakers. Micaela English, Town & Country, "19 Things You Should Never Wear While Traveling," 1 Oct. 2018

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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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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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