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elite

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noun \ā-ˈlēt, i-, ē-\

Definition of elite

  1. 1a singular or plural in construction :  the choice part :  cream the elite of the entertainment worldb singular or plural in construction :  the best of a class superachievers who dominate the computer elite — Marilyn Chasec singular or plural in construction :  the socially superior part of society how the French-speaking elite … was changing — Economistd :  a group of persons who by virtue of position or education exercise much power or influence members of the ruling elitee :  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

Origin and Etymology of elite

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


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élite, élitism

élite, élit·ism

Definition of élite

  1. chiefly British spellings of elite, elitism



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