mer·​it·​o·​crat ˈmer-ə-tə-ˌkrat How to pronounce meritocrat (audio)
chiefly British
: a person who advances through a meritocratic system

Examples of meritocrat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Markovits thinks that meritocracy is making everyone miserable, not least the meritocrats themselves. Louis Menand, The New Yorker, 23 Sep. 2019 Now, meritocrats transmit privilege by investing in education. Daniel Markovits, Time, 12 Sep. 2019 Lebedev, it can be assumed, is not a pure meritocrat: His friends do better in his enterprises than people who are not his friends. Ed Caesar, Esquire, 15 Sep. 2017

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Word History


merit entry 1 + -o- + -crat, after meritocracy

First Known Use

1960, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of meritocrat was in 1960

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“Meritocrat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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