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svelte

[svelt, sfelt] /svɛlt, sfɛlt/
adjective, svelter, sveltest.
1.
slender, especially gracefully slender in figure; lithe.
2.
suave; blandly urbane.
Origin
1810-1820
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
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svelte

/svɛlt; sfɛlt/
adjective
1.
attractively or gracefully slim; slender
2.
urbane or sophisticated
Word Origin
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 and History for sveltest
svelte
"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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