Definition of stiletto in English:



  • 1A woman's shoe with a thin, high tapering heel.

    • ‘Today we have such a broad range in choice, we can choose from runners to stilettos or from sandals to kinky boots.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I can't say I made a good shoe choice in wearing stilettos under such conditions.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Strappy high-heeled sandals and fabulous glitter-encrusted stilettos are more my kind of thing.’
    • ‘She is fairly small in real life, about 5ft 5in, but tall in sling-back stilettos and fishnet stockings.’
    • ‘For evenings out, pair it with strappy stilettos and your favorite dangle earrings.’
    • ‘Wearing cropped trousers accompanied by either knee high boots or silver stilettos is a crime.’
    • ‘Flip-flops turn into stilettos; pigtails into coiffed, cascading locks; bare faces get covered with unfortunately garish makeup.’
    • ‘In other shots, she is seen on the beach in a steamy ‘wet look’ image, and wandering down a hotel corridor in nothing but a men's shirt, black stockings and strappy black stilettos.’
    • ‘So bad were the second-degree burns to her feet that she was obliged to wear towelling slippers in place of the familiar high stilettos and attended her nephew Prince Edward's wedding in a wheelchair.’
    • ‘Be bold and brash in your grunge gear with loop earrings and big bangles or add chic to your feet by returning to the simple pointed court shoe or stiletto.’
    • ‘As well as their own slinky shoes, the site also features boots and stilettos by the likes of Gucci and Miu Miu.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They run a shoe shop, which is a front for a drugs operation, with Angela delivering the ‘goods’ inside pairs of stilettos and brogues, seemingly unnoticed by the local constabulary.’
    • ‘Another claim for a pair of shoes was received after a woman caught the heel of her stiletto - which snapped off - in a car park drain.’
    • ‘She's got a collection of stilettos, Converse sneakers, ballet slippers, as well as any number of designer clothes.’
    • ‘These sites carry pictures and videos of women, usually bare foot or wearing stilettos or combat boots, doing some decidedly unpleasant things to insects and rodents.’
    • ‘If they are not cavalierly throwing out your stilettos, they are accusing you of wearing Wellingtons.’
    • ‘At 43-years old, you are young enough to wear a sexy stiletto sandal in a fabulous metallic that's sure to drive girlfriends wild with shoe envy.’
    1. 1.1A heel on such a woman's shoe.
      [as modifier] ‘the rapid click of stiletto heels on pavement’
      • ‘‘Metal-tipped stiletto heels damaged floors and were often banned from public buildings’ says the text accompanying the display.’
      • ‘Acting purely on instinct, she brought her foot up and slammed her stilettos onto the foot behind her.’
      • ‘They are lovely, with four-inch stiletto heels and sequinned straps.’
      • ‘She pulled on some ankle denim boots with a pointed toe and a stiletto heel.’
      • ‘Slowly, she got up pulling the stiletto heel of one of her dress shoes out of the mud at the same time.’
      • ‘Even the heels of our shoes, particularly stilettos, will cause damage to wooden flooring.’
      • ‘Frontline crews working for Essex ambulance service are to be issued with body armour to protect them from hand guns, knives and spikes including hypodermic needles and even stiletto heels.’
      • ‘Some non-plastic shoes with a good stiletto heel might be a wise investment.’
      • ‘A stiletto heel touching my right foot is making me very nervous.’
      • ‘She was face down on the living room floor with a stiletto heel in her back.’
      • ‘For women, the silhouette has slimmed down from chunky platforms to a flat with a low or stiletto heel.’
      • ‘A Vettriano woman is beautiful but cold, and her power, sharp as her stiletto heels, lies in the effect she has on men.’
      • ‘She winced when the end of a stiletto heel dug its way into her left thigh.’
      • ‘The shop owner claimed that the cloak was soiled with red wine and food stains, and that the train of the cloak had been damaged by a stiletto heel.’
      • ‘It is interesting to note that these days anything goes and you can go in a shop and buy pointed or platform shoes, stiletto or wide heels (with a choice of heights), flat or heeled sandals and trainers, even jelly shoes.’
      wedge, wedge heel, stiletto, stiletto heel, platform heel, spike heel, cuban heel, kitten heel, louis heel, stacked heel
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  • 2A short dagger with a tapering blade.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is alleged that a disguised meat cleaver, stiletto blade and a dagger were taken on to a packed British Airways Boeing 747 flight.’
    • ‘The figure drew out a slender stiletto dagger before hissing, ‘I am Nightcat, the bringer of your death!’’
    • ‘She flung the stiletto on the table and lunged from the sword once more.’
    • ‘The crew snarled like roused curs, and some made as if to stand, hands clasping the hilts of cutlasses and swords, daggers and stilettos.’
    • ‘The centrepiece of the set, a T-Rex sculpture comprised only of tennis rackets and stilettos, is a work of art in itself.’
    • ‘He also taught me to use a small dagger called a stiletto.’
    • ‘I suddenly feared that we were journeying, unaware that we were, toward some dangerous place where the canes, grown as high and thick as a forest, would close in on us and run us through with their stiletto blades.’
    • ‘But that didn't stop her from drawing out her stiletto and flinging the weapon straight at the his hand, pinning his palm straight to a tree his head rested on.’
    • ‘The sparse, terse prose he employed was like a stiletto knife stabbing at the underbelly of post-war Britain.’
    • ‘From the vial she poured a single drop of oil on the razor-sharp stiletto blade, and spread it along the cutting edge with a mahogany toothpick.’
    • ‘He buckled on his sword belt, slipped a dagger into his boot sheath, and tucked a stiletto into his sleeve.’
    • ‘But, if he can already feel the edge of the Russian's sword, at least he has let him know what a stiletto between the shoulder blades feels like.’
    • ‘The weapon wasn't a pocketknife or sheath knife, but a stiletto.’
    • ‘It won't stifle you with brilliant play, but it will drive a stiletto beneath your shoulder blade when you're not looking.’
    • ‘She tried to drive her stiletto knife into his throat but he threw her off before it touched his skin.’
    • ‘And, in this, she has just turned her back on Tom in time for him to slip a stiletto right between the shoulder blades.’
    • ‘Another thing about those thin high heels: not only are they named after a weapon - the stiletto - but they exert a heavy force by concentrating your weight on a small point.’
    • ‘She brandishes a stiletto knife, telling her that she will kill her if she does.’
    • ‘He drives a BMW that now has a hole made by my stiletto in one of the door panels.’
    1. 2.1A sharp-pointed tool for making eyelet holes.
      • ‘For the hand-made eyelets, punch the hole with a stiletto or a nut pick, making the hole the size of the tongue of the buckle.’


Early 17th century: from Italian, diminutive of stilo dagger.