Etymology
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svelte (adj.)

"slender, lithe," 1817, svelt, from French svelte "slim, slender" (17c.), from Italian svelto "slim, slender," originally "pulled out, lengthened," past participle of svellere "to pluck or root out," from Vulgar Latin *exvellere, from Latin ex- "out" (see ex-) + vellere "to pluck, stretch," from PIE *wel-no-, suffixed form of *uelh- "to strike" (source also of Hittite ualh- "to hit, strike," Greek aliskomai "to be caught").

updated on September 11, 2022

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Definitions of svelte from WordNet

svelte (adj.)
being of delicate or slender build; "she was slender as a willow shoot is slender"- Frank Norris;
Synonyms: slender / slight / slim
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