slender, especially gracefully slender in figure; lithe.
suave; blandly urbane.
Origin of svelte
1810–20; < French < Italiansvelto < Vulgar Latin*exvellitus pulled out (replacing Latinēvulsus, past participle of ēvellere), equivalent to Latinex-ex-1 + velli-, variant stem of vellere to pull, pluck + -tus past participle suffix
"slender, lithe," c.1817, from French svelte "slim, slender," from Italian svelto "slim, slender," originally "pulled out, lengthened," from past participle of svellere "to pluck or root out," from Vulgar Latin *exvellere, from Latin ex- "out" (see ex-) + vellere "to pluck, stretch."