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n. pl. sti·let·tos or sti·let·toes
a. A small dagger with a slender, tapering blade.
b. Something shaped like such a dagger.
2. A small, sharp-pointed instrument used for making eyelet holes in needlework.
3. A shoe or boot with a stiletto heel.
[Italian, diminutive of stilo, dagger, from Latin stilus, stylus, spike.]
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n, pl -tos
1. (Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) a small dagger with a slender tapered blade
2. (Knitting & Sewing) a sharply pointed tool used to make holes in leather, cloth, etc
3. (Clothing & Fashion) Also called: spike heel or stiletto heel a very high heel on a woman's shoe, tapering to a very narrow tip
vb, -toes, -toing or -toed
(Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) (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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n., pl. -tos, -toes, n.
1. a short dagger with a slender, somewhat tapered blade.
3. to stab or kill with a stiletto.
[1605–15; < Italian <stil(o) dagger (< Latin stilus stylus)]
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Past participle: stilettoed
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A. N (stilettos or stilettoes (pl))
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