noun (plural stilettos)
1A short dagger with a tapering blade.
- The crew snarled like roused curs, and some made as if to stand, hands clasping the hilts of cutlasses and swords, daggers and stilettos.
- He quickly ran up the hill past him and blocked his path as he drew his stiletto and pulled a short sword from his pack.
- He also taught me to use a small dagger called a stiletto.
2 (also stiletto heel) A thin, high, tapering heel on a woman’s shoe: [as modifier]: the rapid click of stiletto heels on pavement
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- Some non-plastic shoes with a good stiletto heel might be a wise investment.
- Slowly, she got up pulling the stiletto heel of one of her dress shoes out of the mud at the same time.
- She was face down on the living room floor with a stiletto heel in her back.
2.1A shoe with a stiletto heel.
- Shoes are now considered to be one of, if not the most important part of an outfit, be they stilettos, brogues, cowboy boots or sneakers.
- Become a member simply by filling out a profile, and strappy slingbacks, sexy stilettos, and melt-worthy boots are yours at about 30 percent off retail.
- Once she swaps stilettos for cowboy boots, scoffs on catfish and makes plum jam with her momma, you suspect that her and Andrew are never destined to make it down the aisle.
Early 17th century: from Italian, diminutive of stilo 'dagger'.
Words that rhyme with stilettoallegretto, amaretto, amoretto, Canaletto, cornetto, falsetto, ghetto, larghetto, libretto, Loreto, Orvieto, ristretto, Soweto, Tintoretto, vaporetto, zucchetto
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