Definitions for eliteɪˈlit, eɪˈlit

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

e•liteɪˈlit, eɪˈlit(n.)

or é•lite

  1. (often used with a pl. v.) the choice or best of a group, class, or the like.

  2. (used with a pl. v.) persons of the wealthiest class.

  3. a group of persons exercising authority within a larger group.

  4. a 10-point type widely used in typewriters and having 12 characters to the inch.

    Category: Printing

    Ref: Compare pica1. 1

  5. (adj.)of the best or most select.

Origin of elite:

1350–1400; ME elit a person elected to office < MF e(s)lit ptp. of e(s)lire to choose < VL *exlegere, for L ēligere; see elect

Princeton's WordNet

  1. elite, elite group(adj)

    a group or class of persons enjoying superior intellectual or social or economic status

  2. elect, elite(adj)

    selected as the best

    "an elect circle of artists"; "elite colleges"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. elite(noun)ɪˈlit, eɪˈlit

    people who are the best, richest, most powerful, etc.

    the political elite

  2. elite(adjective)ɪˈlit, eɪˈlit

    the best

    elite athletes

Wiktionary

  1. elite(Noun)

    A special group or social class of people which have a superior intellectual, social or economic status as, the elite of society.

  2. elite(Noun)

    Someone who is among the best at certain task.

  3. elite(Adjective)

    Of high birth or social position; aristocratic or patrician.

  4. elite(Adjective)

    Representing the choicest or most select of a group

  5. Origin: From elit, eslit past participle of elire, eslire, from eligere; see elect.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Elite(noun)

    a choice or select body; the flower; as, the elite of society

Freebase

  1. Elite

    An elite in political and sociological theory, is a small group of people who control a disproportionate amount of wealth or political power.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. elite

    Clueful. Plugged-in. One of the cognoscenti. Also used as a general positive adjective. This term is not actually native hacker slang; it is used primarily by crackers and warez d00dz, for which reason hackers use it only with heavy irony. The term used to refer to the folks allowed in to the “hidden” or “privileged” sections of BBSes in the early 1980s (which, typically, contained pirated software). Frequently, early boards would only let you post, or even see, a certain subset of the sections (or ‘boards’) on a BBS. Those who got to the frequently legendary ‘triple super secret’ boards were elite. Misspellings of this term in warez d00dz style abound; the forms l337 eleet, and 31337 (among others) have been sighted.A true hacker would be more likely to use ‘wizardly’. Oppose lamer.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'elite' in Nouns Frequency: #2152


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

élite(noun)

(with the ) the best or most important people especially within society.

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