Adjective "svelte" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


(of a person) slender and elegant.
  1. 'Her elegance belies the bitterness and revenge at her heart - a rather stylish and svelte old dear, for whom the funeral pyre seems a slightly unfair fate.'
  2. 'He sees that she's looking rather less svelte than normal.'
  3. 'If you were to copy Geraldine's eating habits you too would have a svelte figure.'
  4. 'She has undoubtedly worked hard to regain her svelte figure so quickly, but if one more newspaper asks ‘how did she do it?’'
  5. 'It's amazing how I still manage to keep my svelte figure.'
  6. 'She admired her own svelte figure in the mirror and repeated to herself her resolution - stay away from sweets.'
  7. 'Born in Hyderabad and brought up in Chicago, this svelte lady is all set to explode on the silver screen.'
  8. 'It's hard to reconcile the svelte woman sitting in a suite in the Dorchester Hotel with a victim.'
  9. 'The obsession with svelte figures flies in the face of past beliefs that regarded those who were thin as being unhealthy and malnourished.'
  10. 'They were both from Pakistan: he was tall, dark and handsome, and she was equally tall, svelte, and beautiful.'


1. slender, especially gracefully slender in figure; lithe.

2. suave; blandly urbane.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be svelte."

"possessors can be svelte."

"politicians can be svelte."

"looks can be svelte."

"figures can be svelte."

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Early 19th century: from French, from Italian svelto.