AskDefine | Define svelte

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svelte adj
1 showing a high degree of refinement and the assurance that comes from wide social experience; "his polished manner"; "maintained an urbane tone in his letters" [syn: polished, refined, urbane]
2 gracefully slender; moving and bending with ease [syn: lissome, lissom, lithe, lithesome, slender, supple, sylphlike]

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English

Etymology

From svelto.

Pronunciation

  • /ˈsvɛlt/ /"svElt/

Adjective

  1. Attractively thin; gracefully slender.

Usage notes

  • Used mainly as a compliment, whereas words like thin and skinny could be used in negative connotations.

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