ga·​zelle | \ gə-ˈzel How to pronounce gazelle (audio) \
plural gazelles also gazelle

Definition of gazelle

: any of numerous small to medium graceful and swift African and Asian antelopes (Gazella and related genera)

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Recent Examples on the Web Like a gazelle galloping through a meadow, Imani Perez maneuvers up and down the floor for the Mullen Mustangs. Jake Shapiro, The Denver Post, "Eyeing potential dynasty, Mullen girls basketball ready to defend its 4A title," 6 Dec. 2019 Her gait was compared variously to that of a gazelle and an antelope. Emily Langer, Washington Post, "Enriqueta Basilio, sprinter who made history as first woman to light Olympic flame, dies at 71," 4 Nov. 2019 In the wild, fewer than 500 Dama gazelles exist, the zoo said. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "Dama gazelle dies after months of ill health, National Zoo reports," 18 Sep. 2019 But in the dry seasons, when food resources are scarcer, ostriches and buffalos tend to strike out alone, and Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelles prefer the company of their own species. Eva Frederick, Science | AAAS, "Animal friendships change with the weather in African savanna," 6 Aug. 2019 Three giraffes, three red river hogs, three bongos (large forest antelope) and a springbok (a gazelle-like antelope) were inside a barn that was destroyed by the blaze, said the Danbury Township Police. Hollie Silverman, CNN, "The cause of a fire that killed 10 animals at an Ohio safari park is unknown," 29 Nov. 2019 Willie’s more slender and more of a gazelle, runs the floor unbelievably well. Steve Kroner,, "Warriors’ Willie Cauley-Stein and Thunder’s Steven Adams represent old-school centers," 25 Nov. 2019 The lions exert dominance, the gazelles leap, the birds flutter and the grasses blow in the breeze. Kathryn Gregory, The Courier-Journal, "'The Lion King' roars into Louisville with stunning costumes and vibrant choreography," 2 Nov. 2019 At 6-1 and 226 pounds, Shaffer moves like a gazelle running a 4.61-second 40-yard dash and is a Swiss Army knife on offense and defense. Dana Scott, azcentral, "ASU commit linebacker Will Shaffer of Scottsdale Saguaro was raised to be a Sun Devil," 16 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of gazelle

1600, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gazelle

French, from Middle French, from Arabic ghazāl

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7 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Gazelle.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of gazelle

: a small animal that is a kind of antelope and that is very graceful and fast


ga·​zelle | \ gə-ˈzel How to pronounce gazelle (audio) \

Kids Definition of gazelle

: a swift graceful antelope of Africa and Asia

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