gazelle

noun
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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Examples of gazelle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Over the course of nearly five years, a female gazelle in Mongolia completed a remarkable journey of at least 18,000 kilometers (11,185 miles). Robin Lloyd, Scientific American, 7 Apr. 2022 The cumulative distance traveled by this gazelle during the study period corresponded to almost half of the circumference of Earth’s equator. Robin Lloyd, Scientific American, 7 Apr. 2022 Hayden Pittman played in all 63 games of his career, beginning with UAB’s return to the field in 2017, and Gerrit Prince opened the playbook wider with his soft hands and gazelle-like speed. Evan Dudley, al, 6 Apr. 2022 The mountain gazelle, a dainty antelope with a striped face and spiraling horns, once roamed widely across the Middle East, and as Roman mosaics reveal, across southern Turkey as well. Star Tribune, 2 Apr. 2021 If that’s the case, Johnson’s play perhaps best mimics a gazelle, known for its swiftness and agility. Brent Zwerneman, San Antonio Express-News, 11 Nov. 2021 Soon afterward, Oppenheim purchased a teacup, saucer and spoon and wrapped them in the fur of a Chinese gazelle. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 Oct. 2021 The mountain gazelle, a dainty antelope with a striped face and spiraling horns, once roamed widely across the Middle East, and as Roman mosaics reveal, across southern Turkey as well. Star Tribune, 2 Apr. 2021 The mountain gazelle, a dainty antelope with a striped face and spiraling horns, once roamed widely across the Middle East, and as Roman mosaics reveal, across southern Turkey as well. Star Tribune, 2 Apr. 2021 See More

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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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“Gazelle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gazelle. Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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More Definitions for gazelle

gazelle

noun
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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