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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

svelte

\SFELT\ , adjective;
1.
Slender, especially gracefully slender in figure.
2.
Suave; blandly urbane.
Quotes:
In 1944 his mother had been a relatively svelte one hundred and eighty pounds.
-- Stephen King, It: A Novel
“When I walk under one of the pathway lamps and look down you can indeed see the silhouette of my body which doesn’t look quite as svelte and hourglassy as I believe it did just an hour ago when I was admiring myself in the mirror.
-- Terry McMillan, How Stella Got Her Groove Back
Origin:
Svelte enters English in 1800s from the French, and originally derives from the Latin verb exvellere, "to stretch out."
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