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 "WAS" VS. "WERE"!

Were you ready for a quiz on this topic? Well, here it is! See how well you can differentiate between the uses of "was" vs. "were" in this quiz.
Question 1 of 7
“Was” is used for the indicative past tense of “to be,” and “were” is only used for the subjunctive past tense.

Meet Grammar Coach

Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing

Meet Grammar Coach

Improve Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help

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

Example sentences from the Web for svelte

British Dictionary definitions for svelte

svelte
/ (svɛlt, sfɛlt) /

adjective

attractively or gracefully slim; slender
urbane or sophisticated

Word Origin for svelte

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
FEEDBACK