Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A young or diminutive sylph.
  • adj. Relating to or resembling a sylph.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A young or little sylph.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A little sylph; a young or diminutive sylph.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A diminutive of sylph. Also spelled sylphide, and sometimes used adjectively.

Etymologies

French sylphide, from sylphe, sylph, from New Latin sylpha; see sylph.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French sylphide. See sylph. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Grisi, gimp-waisted sylphid, here skips for posterity.

    Yet Again

  • Then, intwining arms with a bright sylphid, she flew with her over the gardens in a trance of delight.

    Fairy Book

  • "You fancy you were once a sylphid," said he; "but there are no sylphids, my sweet one, and there is no Summer-land."

    Fairy Book

  • "Your fairy, the one you call Whisper, has taken care of it for your sake," said the sister sylphid.

    Fairy Book

  • A nymph must rise from the stream, a sylphid from the rose, before I could allow another to steal you from my side.

    Lucretia — Volume 05

  • Stein brought along her poodle, Basket, who posed alongside Stein and one of Balmain's sylphid models.

    News

  • "A robe of white, confined loosely to her waist by a vari-colored sash, which drooped gracefully to catch up the folds in front, clung softly to her figure in sylphid revelation of the matchless proportions it could never conceal.

    The Flaw in the Sapphire

  • I love the twinkle in your eye; and I am so glad it is you, and no one else, who is my papa; but just the same, and forevermore, I shall keep saying, _I was a sylphid_! "

    Fairy Book

  • "If I am a sylphid, perhaps my home is over the hills, and far away.

    Fairy Book

  • "You are the _lost sylphid_; and people say you have travelled all over the world.

    Fairy Book

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