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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
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).
Braxton had been lording over his three assistants—all coincidentally svelte girls hooked straight from law school with promises of permanent residence permits in Cypress—
The M:355 renders video fades and wipes of kid brother's senior recital with a svelte 1.7-GHz Centrino processor, backed up by a swift hard drive.
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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.
Origin and Etymology 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
SVELTE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of svelte for English Language Learners
: thin in an attractive or graceful way
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