adjective, svelt·er, svelt·est.
Origin of svelte
British Dictionary definitions for svelter
Word Origin for svelte
Word Origin and History for svelter
"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."