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Svelte   /svɛlt/   Listen

(compar. svelter; superl. sveltest)
Showing a high degree of refinement and the assurance that comes from wide social experience.  Synonyms: polished, refined, urbane.  "Maintained an urbane tone in his letters"
Moving and bending with ease.  Synonyms: lissom, lissome, lithe, lithesome, slender, supple, sylphlike.
Being of delicate or slender build.  Synonyms: slender, slight, slim.  "A slim girl with straight blonde hair" , "Watched her slight figure cross the street"

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"Svelte" Quotes from Famous Books

... city and rustic damsels, countesses, baronesses, marchionesses, and princesses. If blond, he praises her dainty beauty; brunette, her constancy; pale, her sweetness. In cold weather his preferences go toward the buxom, in summer, svelte. Even old ladies serve to swell his list. Rich or poor, homely or beautiful, all's one to him so long as the being is inside a petticoat. "But why go on? Lady, you know his ways." The air, "Madamina," is a marvel of malicious humor and musical delineation. "E la ...
— A Book of Operas - Their Histories, Their Plots, and Their Music • Henry Edward Krehbiel

... seen anyone like her. He pulled his chair a little nearer. She was so slender, so supple, so—what was it?—svelte! And she had an air of childish dignity that appealed to him tremendously. There was nothing, he assured himself, of the ...
— Tutt and Mr. Tutt • Arthur Train

... rang apres la Becasse, dans la cathegorie des gibiers a plumes. C'est, lorsqu'elle est rouge, l'un des plus honorables et desmeilleurs rotis qui puissent etre etales sur une table gourmande. Sa forme appetissante, sa taille elegante et svelte, quoiqu' arrondie, son embonpoint modere, ses jambes d'ecarlate; enfin, son fumet divin et ses qualites restaurantes, tout concourt a la faire rechercher des vrais amateurs. D'autres gibiers sont plus rares, plus chers, ...
— Marriage • Susan Edmonstone Ferrier

Words linked to "Svelte" :   lean, sophisticated, graceful, thin

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