svelte

[ svelt, sfelt ]
/ svɛlt, sfɛlt /

adjective, svelt·er, svelt·est.

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

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
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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
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Word Origin and History for svelte

svelte


adj.

"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."

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