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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
Kate — sleek, svelte, gazelle-limbed — was on every magazine cover.
In a Tuesday workout, Dawejko wasn’t so doughy — even svelte at about 230 — after months of training.
The relatively svelte burrito looks more like a flauta than a steroidal Chipotle creation.
The only way to transform from roly poly to svelte and strong is through a combination of healthy eating and exercise.
The front seats have more than enough elbow and shoulder room for anyone this side of a sumo wrestler, and the center console is svelte enough to encourage manspreading of salacious proportions.
In the film’s most cruelly funny touch, LeClaire HQ is an airy paradise of svelte Olympian beauties passing to and fro between marketing meetings and modeling appointments.
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.
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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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