adjective \ˈsvelt, ˈsfelt\

: thin in an attractive or graceful way


Full Definition of SVELTE

a :  slender, lithe
b :  having clean lines :  sleek
:  urbane, suave
svelte·ly adverb
svelte·ness noun

Examples of SVELTE

  1. She has a svelte figure.
  2. <the svelte dancer seemed to float across the stage>

Origin of SVELTE

French, from Italian svelto, from past participle of svellere to pluck out, modification of Latin evellere, from e- + vellere to pluck — more at vulnerable
First Known Use: circa 1817

Rhymes with SVELTE


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