[ sti-let-oh ]
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noun,plural sti·let·tos, sti·let·toes.
  1. a short dagger with a blade that is thick in proportion to its width.

  2. a pointed instrument for making eyelet holes in needlework.

  1. Also called spike heel [spahyk-heel] /ˈspaɪk ˈhil/ . stiletto heel (def. 1).

verb (used with object),sti·let·toed, sti·let·to·ing.
  1. to stab or kill with a stiletto.

Origin of stiletto

First recorded in 1605–15; from Italian, equivalent to stil(o) “dagger” (from Latin stilus stylus) + -etto -ette

Other words from stiletto

  • sti·let·to·like, adjective

Words Nearby stiletto Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use stiletto in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for stiletto


/ (stɪˈlɛtəʊ) /

nounplural -tos
  1. a small dagger with a slender tapered blade

  2. a sharply pointed tool used to make holes in leather, cloth, etc

  1. Also called: spike heel, stiletto heel a very high heel on a woman's shoe, tapering to a very narrow tip

verb-toes, -toing or -toed
  1. (tr) to stab with a stiletto

Origin of stiletto

C17: from Italian, from stilo a dagger, from Latin stilus a stake, pen; see stylus

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