- slender, especially gracefully slender in figure; lithe.
- suave; blandly urbane.
Origin of svelte
Examples from the Web for svelte
Growing up, Trainor was very self-conscious about her curves, often wishing she could be svelte like her high school friends.‘All About That Bass’ Singer Meghan Trainor On Haters and Her Polarizing (and Unlikely) No. 1 Hit
October 7, 2014
Fair-skinned, tall and svelte with intense black eyes, she sought me out, again to practice her English.The Young Girls Escaping the ISIS War
September 16, 2014
Instead, her au naturel dusting and vacuuming maintained her svelte figure.Seduce Like a Writer: How 7 Famous Scribes Wooed
Joni Rendon, Shannon McKenna Schmidt
February 13, 2014
When the electro-induced trance subsides, a svelte, attractive brunette is revealed.Axwell Presents Cosmic Opera at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom
February 25, 2012
Sure, their plump pariah son is now a svelte, BMOC, class president and (on paper) world-class polymath.Clueless for Boys
July 6, 2010
I'd also like to meet the svelte one with store puffs and sorrel hair.The Gay Rebellion
Robert W. Chambers
Tall, svelte, and as far as Jacques Dantin could see, she was young.The Crime of the Boulevard
Jenny, being little and svelte, was distressed by the prevalent sumptuousness.Carnival
Bella was slender and svelte, with long straight soft beautiful silken pale red hair and white-lidded eyes of grayish green.I, Mary MacLane
Lucy Carteret challenged Telfer to a game; she has a tall, svelte figure, and knows she looks well at billiards.
- attractively or gracefully slim; slender
- urbane or sophisticated
Word Origin and History for svelte
"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."