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Examples of svelte in a Sentence
She has a svelte figure.
the svelte dancer seemed to float across the stage
Recent Examples of svelte from the Web
That’s downright svelte for a portable—and now, much more powerful—gaming laptop.
While Kourtney chose to tuck her uniform shirt into her pants, Kendall left hers unbuttoned to highlight her svelte frame — and a white sports bra.
My oblivious friends and family raved over my increasingly svelte figure.
But now there’s another member of this aero club in the considerably more svelte form of the Dallara Stradale.
The bike is noticeably sleeker and less burly than its moto predecessors but not as svelte as its mountain forebears.
Dubbed 'Heart & Soul,' the collection harnessed the essence of British style (svelte tailoring, patches, wool, an autumnal color palette).
Here’s a dog as Wonder Woman, looking svelte in her blue dog leotard.
Two tall, slim young women in svelte red dresses stripped covers off several GAC cars, including the Enverge electric concept car, which GAC intends to introduce to the U.S. market following its SUV debut.
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Did You Know?
Svelte came to us, by way of French, from Italian svelto, which itself comes from the Italian verb svellere, meaning "to pluck out" or "to pull or stretch out." In English svelte has been used since the early 19th century to describe a slender appearance, as in A.B. Granville's 1838 description of a countess who was "tall, svelte, pale, and interesting." By the 20th century, English speakers had stretched the word's meaning to suggest an urbane or suave nature—as poet Ezra Pound did when he described "svelte Verona," a city he visited in north Italy.
SVELTE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of svelte for English Language Learners
: thin in an attractive or graceful way
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