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[guh-zel] /gəˈzɛl/
noun, plural gazelles (especially collectively) gazelle.
any small antelope of the genus Gazella and allied genera, of Africa and Asia, noted for graceful movements and lustrous eyes.
Origin of gazelle
1575-85; < French; Old French gazel < Arabic ghazāla
Related forms
gazellelike, adjective Unabridged
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  • Then south-eastwards to Teereh; near which we started a gazelle across the fields.

  • At times Ea was regarded as a gazelle rather than as an antelope.

    The Evolution of the Dragon G. Elliot Smith
  • He answered that he would; and whilst we were waiting, behold, a gazelle got into the net.

    A Boswell of Baghdad E. V. Lucas
  • Her beauty was magnificently evil; she had the grace of a gazelle and the eyes of a sorceress.

    The Yellow Claw Sax Rohmer
  • Honain, Honain, the gazelle has broken her chain, and is eating my roses.'

    Alroy Benjamin Disraeli
  • "God be praised in the gazelle of the desert," said Palemon.

    Thais Anatole France
  • The “lines and anchors” were, Posh thinks, lost from his old punt the gazelle.

British Dictionary definitions for gazelle


noun (pl) -zelles, -zelle
any small graceful usually fawn-coloured antelope of the genera Gazella and Procapra, of Africa and Asia, such as G. thomsoni (Thomson's gazelle)
Derived Forms
gazelle-like, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Old French, from Arabic ghazāl
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Word Origin and History for gazelle

c.1600, from French gazelle, Old French gazel (14c.), probably via Spanish, ultimately from North African pronunciation of Arabic ghazal.

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