noun, plural stilettos, stilettoes.
a short dagger with a blade that is thick in proportion to its width.
a pointed instrument for making eyelet holes in needlework.
verb (used with object), stilettoed, stilettoing.
to stab or kill with a stiletto.

1605–15; < Italian, equivalent to stil(o) dagger (< Latin stilus stylus) + -etto -ette

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stiletto (stɪˈlɛtəʊ)
n , 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.  spike heel, Also called: stiletto heel a very high heel on a woman's shoe, tapering to a very narrow tip
vb , -tos, -toes, -toing, -toed
4.  (tr) to stab with a stiletto
[C17: from Italian, from stilo a dagger, from Latin stilus a stake, pen; see stylus]

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Word Origin & History

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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Example sentences
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.
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