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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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  • They started out, and the gazelle ran along to show them the way.

  • The gazelle was started, and on reaching the shore we found the reptile was as dead as he could be.

    Down South Oliver Optic
  • Who in the world ever before knew of a gazelle that could speak?

    Zanzibar Tales Various
  • I have never seen a gazelle, but I should imagine their great brown eyes are like hers.

    Nobody's Girl Hector Malot
  • The swamps of the gazelle River are the happy pasture-grounds of hundreds of wild beasts.

  • That I will practice The gazelle fathfully every solatary day.

    The Madigans Miriam Michelson
  • gazelle has also some desire to love me, but it comes and goes like a caprice.

    Some Noble Sisters Edmund Lee
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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