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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
The latest method is to retrofit old aircraft and order new ones with svelte lavatories that allow for an extra row of seats in the cabin.
Since the rhino gestation period is 16- to 18-months, Linda must have kept her svelte figure for some time.
While Thanking Carrie Underwood for Workout Gear Gift Clarkson flaunted her svelte figure on the latest season of The Voice.
Polaris wanted a vehicle that blended the experience of a motorcycle with the stability of a car, and a three-wheel design kept the Slingshot to a svelte 1,700 pounds—light enough to qualify, officially, as a motorcycle.
That’s somewhat to the detriment of Lilly’s role as Hope, who, in lieu of meaningful character development, has been gifted her own superheroic identity, the Wasp, complete with svelte shrinking suit and fluttering wings.
Not so with the Chogori, which is a relatively svelte eight pounds and still boasts a whopping 44.3 square feet.
The sedan loses nearly 100 pounds to a svelte 2,906 pounds and the suspension is stiffer overall, giving the sedan excellent and surprising grab with little to no roll.
Kate — sleek, svelte, gazelle-limbed — was on every magazine cover.
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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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