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stiletto

[ sti-let-oh ]
/ st瑟藞l蓻t o蕣 /
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noun, plural sti路let路tos, sti路let路toes.
a short dagger with a blade that is thick in proportion to its width.
a pointed instrument for making eyelet holes in needlework.
Also called spike heel [spahyk-heel] /藞spa瑟k 藞hil/ . stiletto heel (def. 1).
verb (used with object), sti路let路toed, sti路let路to路ing.
to stab or kill with a stiletto.
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Origin of stiletto

First recorded in 1605鈥15; from Italian, equivalent to stil(o) 鈥渄agger鈥 (from Latin stilus stylus) + -etto -ette

OTHER WORDS FROM stiletto

sti路let路to路like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for stiletto

stiletto
/ (st瑟藞l蓻t蓹蕣) /

noun plural -tos
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
verb -toes, -toing or -toed
(tr) to stab with a stiletto

Word Origin for stiletto

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