elite

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noun \ā-ˈlēt, i-, ē-\

Definition of elite

  1. 1 a singular or plural in construction :  the choice part :  cream <the elite of the entertainment world> b singular or plural in construction :  the best of a class <superachievers who dominate the computer elite — Marilyn Chase> c singular or plural in construction :  the socially superior part of society <how the French-speaking elite…was changing — Economist> d :  a group of persons who by virtue of position or education exercise much power or influence <members of the ruling elite> e :  a member of such an elite —usually used in plural <the elites … , pursuing their studies in Europe — Robert Wernick>

  2. 2 :  a typewriter type providing 12 characters to the linear inch

elite

adjective

Examples of elite in a sentence

  1. <the winners of this science award represent the elite of our high schools>

  2. <the country's elite owned or controlled most of the wealth>

Origin and Etymology of elite

French élite, from Old French eslite, from feminine of eslit, past participle of eslire to choose, from Latin eligere


First Known Use: 1823


élite, élitism

élite, élit·ism

Definition of élite

  1. chiefly British variant of elite, elitism


ELITE Defined for English Language Learners

elite

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noun \ā-ˈlēt, i-, ē-\

Definition of elite for English Language Learners

  • : the people who have the most wealth and status in a society : the most successful or powerful group of people

  • : a person who is a member of an elite : a successful and powerful person



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