[ svelt, sfelt ]
/ svɛlt, sfɛlt /
adjective, svelt·er, svelt·est.
slender, especially gracefully slender in figure; lithe.
suave; blandly urbane.
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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
Words nearby svelte
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British Dictionary definitions for svelter
/ (svɛlt, sfɛlt) /
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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