- 1A select group that is superior in terms of ability or qualities to the rest of a group or society: the elite of Britain’s armed forces [as modifier]: an elite athlete an elite commando unit elite colleges and universitiesMore example sentences
best, pick, cream, flower, nonpareil, elect; aristocracy, nobility, gentry, upper class, privileged class, first class, establishment; high society, jet set, beautiful people; Indian bhadralok; French beau monde, haut monde, crème de la crème, A-listNorth American • informal four hundred
- 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.
- 1.1A group or class of people seen as having the most power and influence in a society, especially on account of their wealth or privilege: the country’s governing elite the silent majority were looked down upon by the liberal eliteMore example sentences
- 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.