Dictionary.com

svelte

[ svelt, sfelt ]
/ svɛlt, sfɛlt /
Save This Word!

adjective, svelt·er, svelt·est.

slender, especially gracefully slender in figure; lithe.
suave; blandly urbane.

QUIZZES

QUIZ YOURSELF ON “ITS” VS. “IT’S”!

Apostrophes can be tricky; prove you know the difference between it’s and its in this crafty quiz!
Question 1 of 12
On the farm, the feed for chicks is significantly different from the roosters’; ______ not even comparable.

Origin of svelte

1810–20; <French <Italian svelto<Vulgar Latin *exvellitus pulled out (replacing Latin ēvulsus, past participle of ēvellere), equivalent to Latin ex-ex-1 + velli-, variant stem of vellere to pull, pluck + -tus past participle suffix
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

British Dictionary definitions for svelte

svelte
/ (svɛlt, sfɛlt) /

adjective

attractively or gracefully slim; slender
urbane or sophisticated
C19: from French, from Italian svelto, from svellere to pull out, from Latin ēvellere, from ex- 1 + vellere to pull
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
Essays. Emails. Everything. Get Help Now!