[svelt, sfelt]
adjective, svelter, sveltest.
slender, especially gracefully slender in figure; lithe.
suave; blandly urbane.

1810–20; < French < Italian svelto < Vulgar Latin *exvellitus pulled out (replacing Latin ēvulsus, past participle of ēvellere), equivalent to Latin ex- ex- + velli-, variant stem of vellere to pull, pluck + -tus past participle suffix Unabridged
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svelte (svɛlt, sfɛlt)
1.  attractively or gracefully slim; slender
2.  urbane or sophisticated
[C19: from French, from Italian svelto, from svellere to pull out, from Latin ēvellere, from ex-1 + vellere to pull]

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Word Origin & History

"slender, lithe," c.1817, from Fr. svelte "slim, slender," from It. svelto "slim, slender," originally "pulled out, lengthened," from pp. of svellere "to pluck or root out," from V.L. *exvellere, from L. ex- "out" + vellere "to pluck, stretch."
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Example sentences
And it's not quite skinny or svelte enough to qualify as a thin and light.
The svelte device has a built-in motion detector that senses my approach,
  lighting my way.
Fully-loaded garment racks are not particularly svelte.
The usual contrast drawn is with wine, equated in the popular mind with svelte
  continental sophisticates.
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