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sylph

 (sĭlf)
n.
1. A slim, graceful woman or girl.
2. In the occult philosophy of Paracelsus, a being that has air as its element.

[New Latin sylpha, perhaps blend of Latin sylvestris, of the forest (from silva, sylva, forest) and Latin nympha, nymph; see nymph.]

sylph

(sɪlf)
n
1. a slender graceful girl or young woman
2. (Classical Myth & Legend) any of a class of imaginary beings assumed to inhabit the air. Also (rare): sylphid
[C17: from New Latin sylphus, probably coined from Latin silva wood + Greek numphē nymph]
ˈsylphˌlike, ˈsylphic, ˈsylphish, ˈsylphy, ˈsylphidine, ˈsylphine adj

sylph

(sɪlf)

n.
1. a slender, graceful woman or girl.
2. (orig. in the writings of Paracelsus) any of a group of elemental beings, female and mortal, but soulless, that inhabit the air. Compare undine.
[1650–60; < New Latin sylphēs (pl.)]
sylph′ic, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sylph - a slender graceful young woman
adult female, woman - an adult female person (as opposed to a man); "the woman kept house while the man hunted"
2.sylph - an elemental being believed to inhabit the air
imaginary being, imaginary creature - a creature of the imagination; a person that exists only in legends or myths or fiction
Translations

sylph

[sɪlf] N (Myth) (male) → silfo m, sílfide f; (female) → sílfide f

sylph

n (Myth) → Sylphe mf; (fig: = girl) → Sylphide f, → Nymphe f

sylph

[sɪlf] nsilfo
References in classic literature ?
He tells how her guardian sylph brings a morning dream to warn her of coming danger.
Suddenly a door opened, the draught caught up the little Dancer, and off she flew like a sylph to the Tin-soldier in the stove, burst into flames--and that was the end of her
Then, indeed, does the tuckered sylph come out in fairy form and proceed with joy under cousinly escort to the exhausted old assembly-room, fourteen heavy miles off, which, during three hundred and sixty-four days and nights of every ordinary year, is a kind of antipodean lumber- room full of old chairs and tables upside down.
The Blood Drinker,"' added Mr Crummles with a prophetic sigh, '"The Blood Drinker" will die with that girl; and she's the only sylph I ever saw, who could stand upon one leg, and play the tambourine on her other knee, LIKE a sylph.
And as if he had guessed correctly, nearly at that very moment the prisoner heard in the lobby a step light as that of a sylph, and the rustling of a gown, and a well-known voice, which said to him, --
Mrs Veneering, always charmed by this rattling sylph, cries.
And, Miss Eyre, so much was I flattered by this preference of the Gallic sylph for her British gnome, that I installed her in an hotel; gave her a complete establishment of servants, a carriage, cashmeres, diamonds, dentelles, &c.
would that I were she who might watch over you, she who would have no need of mysterious springs, to summon and cause to appear, like a sylph, the man she loves, to look at him for an hour, and then see him disappear in the darkness of a mystery, still more strange at his going out than at his coming in.
Not that Rosamond was in the least like a kitten: she was a sylph caught young and educated at Mrs.
She was a Fairy, a Sylph, I don't know what she was - anything that no one ever saw, and everything that everybody ever wanted.
He found her that evening in the garden, wandering about in the warm starlight like an indolent sylph, and swinging to and fro the largest fan he had ever beheld.
In the evening after we had come to an anchor the deck was illuminated with lanterns, and this picturesque band of sylphs, tricked out with flowers, and dressed in robes of variegated tappa, got up a ball in great style.