- a short dagger with a blade that is thick in proportion to its width.
- a pointed instrument for making eyelet holes in needlework.
- to stab or kill with a stiletto.
Origin of stiletto
Examples from the Web for stiletto
At the time, Fendrick remembers, very few women (outside of “4/20 girls” or “stiletto stoners”) were speaking out about it.Women Are Leading the Way for Legalized Weed
December 4, 2014
Lozada is known to reality-TV fans as an attractive bully with a penchant for throwing wine bottles and stiletto pumps.With ‘Fix My Life,’ Iyanla Vanzant Opens Next Chapter by Helping Others
September 15, 2012
As for the other palace servants, they had been silenced with bribery or the stiletto.
And he recognized the girl with the stiletto whom he had caught in his hotel room.
It is only a short step with them from a sworn friendship to the stiletto.Sir Brook Fossbrooke, Volume II.
Charles James Lever
Take away, I entreat you, this stiletto, which henceforth is useless to me.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
It was then that he was done for and with what is assumed to have been a stiletto.The Paliser case
- a small dagger with a slender tapered blade
- a sharply pointed tool used to make holes in leather, cloth, etc
- Also called: spike heel, stiletto heel a very high heel on a woman's shoe, tapering to a very narrow tip
- (tr) to stab with a stiletto
Word Origin and History for stiletto
1610s, "short dagger with a thick blade," from Italian stiletto, diminutive of stilo "dagger," from Latin stilus "pointed writing instrument" (see style (n.)). Stiletto heel first attested 1953.