mer·​it·​o·​crat | \ ˈmer-ə-tə-ˌkrat How to pronounce meritocrat (audio) \

Definition of meritocrat

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, "Is Meritocracy Making Everyone Miserable?," 23 Sep. 2019 Now, meritocrats transmit privilege by investing in education. Daniel Markovits, Time, "American Universities Must Choose: Do they Want to be Equal or Elite?," 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, "George Osborne's Revenge," 15 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of meritocrat

1960, in the meaning defined above

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“Meritocrat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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