Definition of gazelle in English:



  • A small, slender antelope that typically has curved horns and a fawn-coloured coat with white underparts, found in open country in Africa and Asia.

    Gazella and other genera, family Bovidae: several species

    • ‘Add up all the lions, elephants, warthogs, giraffes, gazelles, zebras, impalas, topis and hyenas that live on these plains and they fail to outnumber the gnus.’
    • ‘The gestation period was five months, a timetable shared by the slender-horned gazelle, blackbuck antelope, and pygmy goat.’
    • ‘Here, photographers can get vantage points to compose shots of elephants, rhinos, cheetahs, hyenas, gazelles and waterbucks.’
    • ‘Cheetahs use their speed to outrun their prey, which includes such fleet-footed creatures as gazelles and wildebeests.’
    • ‘In a terrestrial context this scenario might be likened to gazelles, wildebeests, and lions gathering around a watering hole.’
    • ‘Our catalogue lists 2,318 specimens: wild pigs, deer, cattle, gazelles, sheep and goats, rhinos, bears and other carnivores, primates, and even some marsupials.’
    • ‘The western part of Kenya's largest national park boasts the Mzima crystal springs, a haven for hippos, elephants, gazelles, zebras, and giraffes.’
    • ‘Fleet-footed animals, such as gazelles and cheetahs, aren't the only livings things that rely on speed for their survival.’
    • ‘And it's not just wildebeest: zebras and gazelles are also on the move, tracked by hungry lions and cheetahs.’
    • ‘Such pets weren't limited to dogs and cats but included baboons, monkeys, and gazelles.’
    • ‘In all fairness, his preoccupation with glancing around this way and that like an insecure gazelle in an open savanna for his pursuers was justifiable given that he still had not quite yet deciphered where he had ended up.’
    • ‘Every morning in Africa, a gazelle gets up in the morning and starts running, knowing that that very day it has to outrun some lion that is waiting to prey on it.’
    • ‘These guys are happy to tell you where they found gazelles or vice versa.’
    • ‘It's a hot water bottle in my mountain-lodge bed, overlooking gazelles and hyenas at a watering hole.’
    • ‘Cheetahs and gazelles are parts of each other's environment, and a change in the behaviour of one represents a change in the environment of the other.’
    • ‘True to her style, even in those movements she was more a wild gazelle than a stampeding rhinoceros.’
    • ‘One student, for example, utilized their model of gazelles and grass to model the interaction between lions and gazelles using the appropriate substitutions, which is not an easy thing for students to grasp.’
    • ‘It is no accident that sheep, bulls, gazelles and cats have been found carefully buried and preserved in their own graves.’
    • ‘In the next two hours, we came across many black buffalo, herds of zebra and numerous gazelles.’
    • ‘As a leader, your job is to read the tea leaves, set a direction, and move like a gazelle, not an elephant, into the future.’


Early 17th century from French, probably via Spanish from Arabic ghazāl.