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svelte

 (svĕlt)
adj. svelt·er, svelt·est
Slender or graceful in figure or outline; slim.

[French, from Italian svelto, from past participle of svellere, to stretch out, from Vulgar Latin *exvellere, from Latin ēvellere : ē-, ex-, ex- + vellere, to pull.]

svelte′ly adv.
svelte′ness n.

svelte

(svɛlt; sfɛlt)
adj
1. attractively or gracefully slim; slender
2. urbane or sophisticated
[C19: from French, from Italian svelto, from svellere to pull out, from Latin ēvellere, from ex-1 + vellere to pull]

svelte

(svɛlt, sfɛlt)

adj. svelt•er, svelt•est.
1. slender, esp. gracefully slender in figure; lithe.
2. suave; urbane.
[1810–20; < French < Italian svelto < Vulgar Latin *exvellitus, for Latin ēvulsus, past participle of ēvellere to pluck out =e- e- + vellere to pull, pluck]
svelte′ly, adv.
svelte′ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.svelte - showing a high degree of refinement and the assurance that comes from wide social experiencesvelte - showing a high degree of refinement and the assurance that comes from wide social experience; "his polished manner"; "maintained an urbane tone in his letters"
sophisticated - having or appealing to those having worldly knowledge and refinement and savoir-faire; "sophisticated young socialites"; "a sophisticated audience"; "a sophisticated lifestyle"; "a sophisticated book"
2.svelte - moving and bending with ease
graceful - characterized by beauty of movement, style, form, or execution
3.svelte - being of delicate or slender build; "she was slender as a willow shoot is slender"- Frank Norris; "a slim girl with straight blonde hair"; "watched her slight figure cross the street"
lean, thin - lacking excess flesh; "you can't be too rich or too thin"; "Yon Cassius has a lean and hungry look"-Shakespeare

svelte

adjective slender, lithe, willowy, graceful, slinky, lissom(e), sylphlike She's svelte and smart.
Translations

svelte

[svelt] ADJesbelto

svelte

[ˈsvɛlt ˈsfɛlt] adjsvelte

svelte

adj (= slender)grazil; (= sophisticated)vornehm, elegant
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