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noun, plural ga·zelles, (especially collectively) ga·zelle.
  1. 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 formsga·zelle·like, adjective
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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.

  • He answered that he would; and whilst we were waiting, behold, a gazelle got into the net.

  • 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.'


    Benjamin Disraeli

British Dictionary definitions for gazelle


noun plural -zelles or -zelle
  1. 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 Formsgazelle-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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