• IPA: /ˈsvɛlt/, /ˈsfɛlt/

svelte (comparative svelter, superlative sveltest)

  1. Attractively thin; gracefully slender. [from 1810s]
    • 1990, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Epistemology of the Closet, 2008, page 24 ↗,
      Psychoanalytic theory […] seemed to promise to introduce a certain becoming amplitude into discussions of what different people are like — only to turn, in its streamlined trajectory across so many institutional boundaries, into the sveltest of metatheoretical disciplines, sleeked down to such elegant operational entities as the mother, the father, the preoedipal, the oedipal, the other or Other.
    • 2009, Kim Bloomer, Animals Taught Me That, page 73 ↗,
      My first priority was to help Trumps lose her pudgy look and gain a healthier, svelter size.
    • 2010, M. S. Simpson, Kabuki in a G-String, page 158 ↗,
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  2. Refined, delicate.
    • 1942, Beryl Markham, West with the Night:
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  • Russian: изя́щный

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