[ guh-zel ]

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

Other words from gazelle

  • ga·zelle·like, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use gazelle in a sentence

  • The spotted fawn, the musk-deer, gazelles and antelopes, all seemed to answer the call of the music.

    Kari the Elephant | Dhan Gopal Mukerji
  • The game of the district comprises quails (during the migratory season), hares, and gazelles.

  • Of all these animals, the most interesting are the gazelles, several species of which inhabit the desert region.

    The Desert World | Arthur Mangin
  • Between Daur and Samarra there was nothing but desert, with gazelles and jackals the only permanent inhabitants.

    War in the Garden of Eden | Kermit Roosevelt
  • And, oh dear, I believe it is trying to get near enough to the gazelles to spring upon one of them!

    With Airship and Submarine | Harry Collingwood

British Dictionary definitions for gazelle


/ (ɡəˈzɛl) /

nounplural -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)

Origin of gazelle

C17: from Old French, from Arabic ghazāl

Derived forms of gazelle

  • gazelle-like, adjective

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012