from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small dagger with a slender, tapering blade.
  • n. Something shaped like such a dagger.
  • n. A small, sharp-pointed instrument used for making eyelet holes in needlework.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Sharp and narrow like a stiletto.
  • n. A short sharp knife or dagger-like weapon intended for stabbing.
  • n. A rapier.
  • n. An awl.
  • n. A woman's shoe with a tall, slender heel (stiletto heel).
  • v. To attack or kill with a stiletto (dagger).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A kind of dagger with a slender, rounded, and pointed blade.
  • n. A pointed instrument for making eyelet holes in embroidery.
  • n. A beard trimmed into a pointed form.
  • transitive v. To stab or kill with a stiletto.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To strike or wound with a stiletto; hence, in general, to stab.
  • n. A dagger having a blade slender and narrow, and thick in proportion to its width—that is, triangular, square, etc., in section, instead of flat.
  • n. A small sharp-pointed implement used for making eyelet-holes and for similar purposes. Stilettos are of ivory, bone, metal, and other materials.
  • n. A beard trimmed into a sharp-pointed form.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a small dagger with a tapered blade


Italian, diminutive of stilo, dagger, from Latin stilus, stylus, spike.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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