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stiletto

[sti-let-oh] /stɪˈlɛt oʊ/
noun, plural stilettos, stilettoes.
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.
verb (used with object), stilettoed, stilettoing.
3.
to stab or kill with a stiletto.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; < Italian, equivalent to stil(o) dagger (< Latin stilus stylus) + -etto -ette
Related forms
stilettolike, adjective
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Examples for stiletto
  • Then she plunges her stiletto mouthparts into the skin.
  • Then she plunges her stiletto mouth-parts into the skin.
  • Instead they plunged a kind of stiletto into each throat, severing the jugular vein.
  • The stiletto retakes ground from an opposition group whose platform was the platform.
British Dictionary definitions for stiletto

stiletto

/stɪˈlɛtəʊ/
noun (pl) -tos
1.
a small dagger with a slender tapered blade
2.
a sharply pointed tool used to make holes in leather, cloth, etc
3.
Also called spike heel, stiletto heel. a very high heel on a woman's shoe, tapering to a very narrow tip
verb -toes, -toing, -toed
4.
(transitive) to stab with a stiletto
Word Origin
C17: from Italian, from stilo a dagger, from Latin stilus a stake, pen; see stylus
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Word Origin and History for stiletto
stiletto
1611, "short dagger with a thick blade," from It. stiletto, dim. of stilo "dagger," from L. stilus "pointed writing instrument" (see style). Stiletto heel first attested 1953.
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