Definition of elite in English:

elite

Syllabification: e·lite
Pronunciation: /əˈlēt, āˈlēt
 
 
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noun

1A select part of a group that is superior to the rest in terms of ability or qualities: the elite of Britain’s armed forces [as modifier]: elite colleges and universities an elite athlete
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  • In fact, Murray comments that societal elites were less likely to be religious.
  • It is a model strictly for people who are into hierarchical societies with bossy elites who like to display their power.
  • Town life also presented new challenges of economic and social organization to urban elites.
Synonyms
1.1A group or class of people seen as having the greatest power and influence within a society, especially because of their wealth or privilege: the country’s governing elite the silent majority were looked down upon by the liberal elite
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  • He feared that by endorsing Sinclair he would alienate the banking and industrial elite, which he was attempting to win to the side of his New Deal policies.
  • Polls show that the British people are inexorably losing faith in their governing elites and institutions.
  • When it comes to vital resources like water and land, free market is the dominant mantra of the world's financial elite.
2A size of letter in typewriting, with 12 characters to the inch (about 4.7 to the centimeter).

Origin

late 18th century: from French élite 'selection, choice', from élire 'to elect', from a variant of Latin eligere (see elect). sense 2 dates from the early 20th century.

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