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  • (of a person) slender and elegant.

    ‘she was svelte and sophisticated’
    • ‘Kate is the epitome of ladylike elegance with poker straight posture, a svelte figure and a confident yet warm personality.’
    • ‘It's amazing how I still manage to keep my svelte figure.’
    • ‘I can now eat what I like and still have a svelte figure.’
    • ‘She has undoubtedly worked hard to regain her svelte figure so quickly, but if one more newspaper asks ‘how did she do it?’’
    • ‘The obsession with svelte figures flies in the face of past beliefs that regarded those who were thin as being unhealthy and malnourished.’
    • ‘She admired her own svelte figure in the mirror and repeated to herself her resolution - stay away from sweets.’
    • ‘Louis, as you can see, is a gorgeous, svelte figure of a man himself.’
    • ‘Born in Hyderabad and brought up in Chicago, this svelte lady is all set to explode on the silver screen.’
    • ‘He was the silent man behind the svelte lady as she went about her work promoting Limca.’
    • ‘It's hard to reconcile the svelte woman sitting in a suite in the Dorchester Hotel with a victim.’
    • ‘If you were to copy Geraldine's eating habits you too would have a svelte figure.’
    • ‘My brother, his tall, thin wife and her equally svelte sister were also visiting.’
    • ‘But you get the feeling she wouldn't do anything if she didn't want to, would never rely on her blond hair, brown eyes and svelte figure to project her image.’
    • ‘Now six months after our baby is born, she's svelte and beautiful.’
    • ‘Her svelte figure and air of haughty independence, which so obviously masked some tragic loneliness, suggested she'd never been a mother.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She is never going to be svelte, and that's okay, but dropping a few wouldn't hurt - the curves will remain.’
    • ‘He sees that she's looking rather less svelte than normal.’
    • ‘They were both from Pakistan: he was tall, dark and handsome, and she was equally tall, svelte, and beautiful.’
    slim, lean, slender, rangy, willowy, svelte, sylphlike, spare, slight
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/svelt/ /svɛlt/ /sfelt/ /sfɛlt/


Early 19th century from French, from Italian svelto.