a slender, graceful woman or girl.
(in folklore) one of a race of supernatural beings supposed to inhabit the air.
- sylphic, adjective
- sylphlike, adjective
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How to use sylph in a sentence
On finding himself the object of our attention, the man vanished with the swiftness of a sylph.Parisians in the Country | Honore de Balzac
But no sylph came again; no form rivaled the zephyr before me.
One word again made me a captive: that word was now "Lafontaine;" and at the same moment I saw the sylph bounding to my side.
"Wait in this spot until I return," was all that I heard, before he and the sylph had waltzed away far down the hall.
Fanciful as it may seem, the little sylph bore a striking resemblance to the flower from which she sprung.
British Dictionary definitions for sylph
a slender graceful girl or young woman
any of a class of imaginary beings assumed to inhabit the air
- sylphlike, rare sylphic, sylphish or sylphy, adjective
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