nounpl. -·tos or -·toes
- a small dagger, having a slender, tapering blade
- a small, sharp-pointed instrument used for making eyelet holes in cloth, etc.
- a high, very thin heel on a woman's shoein full stiletto heel
Origin of stilettoIt, diminutive of stilo, dagger from Classical Latin stilus: see style
transitive verb-·toed, -·to·ing
to stab, or kill by stabbing, with a stiletto
nounpl. sti·let·tos, or sti·let·toes
- a. A small dagger with a slender, tapering blade.b. Something shaped like such a dagger.
- A small, sharp-pointed instrument used for making eyelet holes in needlework.
- A shoe or boot with a stiletto heel.
Origin of stilettoItalian diminutive of stilo dagger from Latin stilus stylus, spike
- Sharp and narrow like a stiletto.
- Her stiletto heels would cause damage if she ever stepped on someone's foot with them.
(plural stilettos or stilettoes or stiletti)