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[guh-zel] /gəˈzɛl/
noun, plural gazelles (especially collectively) gazelle.
any small antelope of the genus Gazella and allied genera, of Africa and Asia, noted for graceful movements and lustrous eyes.
Origin of gazelle
1575-85; < French; Old French gazel < Arabic ghazāla
Related forms
gazellelike, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for gazelle
  • The cheetah is perfectly honed to hunt gazelles-but the gazelle is equally well equipped to escape cheetahs.
  • The obsession with national champions can be dangerous: mating two dinosaurs seldom produces a gazelle.
  • The gazelle travels farther than the lion does in the first two seconds of the chase.
  • Your husband is tracking a wounded gazelle and could be gone for days.
  • The goitered gazelle inhabits sands and gravel plains and limestone plateau.
British Dictionary definitions for gazelle


noun (pl) -zelles, -zelle
any small graceful usually fawn-coloured antelope of the genera Gazella and Procapra, of Africa and Asia, such as G. thomsoni (Thomson's gazelle)
Derived Forms
gazelle-like, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Old French, from Arabic ghazāl
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Word Origin and History for gazelle

c.1600, from French gazelle, Old French gazel (14c.), probably via Spanish, ultimately from North African pronunciation of Arabic ghazal.

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