American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Slender or graceful in figure or outline; slim.
- adj. being of delicate or slender build
- adj. moving and bending with ease
- adj. showing a high degree of refinement and the assurance that comes from wide social experience
- From French svelte, from Italian svelto ("stretched out"), from Vulgar Latin exvellere: ex + vellere ("to pluck, stretch"). (Wiktionary)
- French, from Italian svelto, from past participle of svellere, to stretch out, from Vulgar Latin *exvellere, from Latin ēvellere : ē, ex-, ex- + vellere, to pull. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Meanwhile, making me feel nice and svelte is Kenneth Brumley, half a ton and taking in 30,000 calories a day.”
“Shed never been what you might call svelte, but then she had left town and gone to live in Baltimore, and by the time she came back shed piled on the pounds.”
“Nashville, where she lives with husband Keith Urban looking remarkably svelte, which is all the more amazing as she gave birth just ten days ago.”
“Boldly defying his own "svelte" President, Crawford called upon his nation to enter the fat race, concluding with a rousing echo of Churchill:”
“They have to beat around the bush and chase their friends to the swamps by throwing things like "svelte" at them.”
“Our server was Chenoa, who I’ve already described as a svelte-er, softer, smarter version of Kelly Osbourne.”
“The Swedish blonde for whom the word 'svelte' seems especially fitting, she crafted iconic portraits with Horst P. Horst,”
“So the netbook proved the market for, not necessarily thin-client, but a sort of "svelte" client-a slimmed down ...”
“He, like Jenkins, would have to bulk up from his "svelte" 265 to stay on the line.”
“It looks nothing like the kind of svelte, compact instrument that - perhaps on a mission planned for launch in 2018 - could travel the millions of kilometres from Earth to Mars and operate without a hitch on the planet's harsh surface.”
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