- 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
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Examples from the Web for gazelle
She glided over the tile floor like a gazelle and had a face that Amedeo Modigliani would have died for.They Were Perfect Together
November 22, 2010
Then, from my left, a tall, beautiful girl, graceful as a gazelle in skintight jeans and high heels, slinked over to me.
The gazelle was at my side again, and I bought her a third beer.
Then south-eastwards to Teereh; near which we started a gazelle across the fields.Byeways in Palestine
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
Honain, Honain, the gazelle has broken her chain, and is eating my roses.'Alroy
- any small graceful usually fawn-coloured antelope of the genera Gazella and Procapra, of Africa and Asia, such as G. thomsoni (Thomson's gazelle)
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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