adjective, svelt·er, svelt·est.
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|Marlow Stern|October 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Instead, her au naturel dusting and vacuuming maintained her svelte figure.
When the electro-induced trance subsides, a svelte, attractive brunette is revealed.Axwell Presents Cosmic Opera at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom|Marlow Stern|February 25, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Sure, their plump pariah son is now a svelte, BMOC, class president and (on paper) world-class polymath.
Rachel Syme spoke to svelte kitchenmasters to find out how they eat and eat without gaining weight.
The woman reminds one of a red lizard—a salamander—her “svelte” body seemingly boneless in its gown of clinging scales.The Real Latin Quarter|F. Berkeley Smith
She is tall, slight, svelte: indeed, earth has not anything to show more fair.Faith and Unfaith|Duchess
She is standing outside the dining-room door, with her lithe, svelte figure stooped forward a little.Red as a Rose is She|Rhoda Broughton
Tall, svelte, and as far as Jacques Dantin could see, she was young.The Crime of the Boulevard|Jules Claretie
The Duchess of Kimberley (Ruby), a svelte aquiline-nosed woman of some forty summers, with green hair and two aigrettes.
British Dictionary definitions for svelte
Word Origin for svelte
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."