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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
But at a svelte 151 pounds, its power-to-weight ratio was second-best.
In trimming 18 pounds from his freshman physique, the newly svelte 195-pound Mitchell has reduced his pizza intake from almost daily to special occasions.
By 1995, even though Apple’s laptops had dipped to a svelte six pounds, and the transformative power of the internet was becoming apparent, the next great iteration of the web was barely imaginable.
This time around, the newest shiny in my office isn’t shiny at all, but rather a svelte matte black: the VPC MongoosT-50 BE Grip, the Black Edition of the new company’s freshman-effort flight sim controller.
A tenor saxophonist of svelte tone and free-flowing lyricism, Mr. Freeman, 67, is most at home in a swinging post-bop mode.
But just as the Dreamettes are gaining fans, Curtis demotes feisty, plump Effie to background singer and hands the star spot to the more svelte, photogenic and pliable group member Deena (Lauren Du Pree).
Middleton's svelte figure and shapely derrière sparked a media frenzy at the wedding.
The svelte, stylish clamshell also fills a middle ground between its cousins, the Surface Pro 4 tablet and Surface Book powerhouse 2-in-1, providing a third option that could appeal to many regular consumers.
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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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