ˌnän-ā-ˈlēt How to pronounce non-elite (audio)
: not elite
non-elite athletes
a non-elite college
non-elite noun
Within nations there exist hierarchies of minorities of elites (those who control resources and institutions) and large majorities of non-elites (ordinary citizens, who are poorer and less powerful). John A. Booth et al.

Examples of non-elite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These new, non-elite additions to campus adopted and adapted collegiate style, adding articles such as fatigues, which quickly became a prep staple: khakis. Natalia Mehlman Petrzela, The New Republic, 14 Aug. 2023 But those with elite status do earn more miles per flight than non-elite members of a frequent flier program. Stefanie Waldek, Travel + Leisure, 13 July 2023 The athletes were further divided into two groups: elite (meaning they were ranked in the top 100 in Britain) and non-elite. Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, 17 Feb. 2023 These latest application numbers draw attention once again to the widening divide between the standing of a few dozen wealthy schools and the thousands of non-elite college and universities that educate the majority of the nation’s students. Michael T. Nietzel, Forbes, 1 Apr. 2023 But on the heartbeat counting test, elite athletes were once again significantly worse than non-elites. Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, 17 Feb. 2023 The reality is that regardless of whether the Patriots starting QB in 2023 is Jones, Garoppolo, or some other non-elite entity, the roster around them requires upgrading. Christopher L. Gasper,, 23 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1937, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of non-elite was in 1937

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“Non-elite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

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