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elite, elite groupadjective
a group or class of persons enjoying superior intellectual or social or economic status
selected as the best
"an elect circle of artists"; "elite colleges"
A special group or social class of people which have a superior intellectual, social or economic status as, the elite of society.
Someone who is among the best at certain task.
Of high birth or social position; aristocratic or patrician.
Representing the choicest or most select of a group
Etymology: From elit, eslit past participle of elire, eslire, from eligere; see elect.
In political and sociological theory, the elite (French: élite, from Latin: eligere, to select or to sort out) are a small group of powerful people who hold a disproportionate amount of wealth, privilege, political power, or skill in a group. Defined by the Cambridge Dictionary, the "elite" are "those people or organizations that are considered the best or most powerful compared to others of a similar type."American sociologist C. Wright Mills states that members of the elite accept their fellows' position of importance in society. "As a rule, 'they accept one another, understand one another, marry one another, tend to work, and to think, if not together at least alike'." It is a well-regulated existence where education plays a critical role.
a choice or select body; the flower; as, the elite of society
Etymology: [F., fr. lire to choose, L. eligere. See Elect.]
An elite in political and sociological theory, is a small group of people who control a disproportionate amount of wealth or political power.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
ā-lēt, n. a chosen or select part: the best of anything. [Fr. élite—L. electa (pars, a part, understood). See Elect, v.t.]
The New Hacker's Dictionary
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.
Dictionary of Nautical Terms
The élite of naval or military forces is the choicest selection from them.
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British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'elite' in Nouns Frequency: #2152
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The numerical value of elite in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of elite in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
Examples of elite in a Sentence
Activists are sick and tired of the go-along, buddy-buddy system, in particular John Boehner and Mitch McConnell and that whole political elite class that seems not to understand why they got elected, they are looking for areas to vent that frustration.
Five people who are not elite athletes and only trained for eight months. It is amazing and it's an opportunity which we are not taking for granted.
I look forward to enjoying Chico’s Bakery pepperoni rolls as I watch UK play in the Elite Eight game.
I look forward to building relationships with our current players and recruiting elite student-athletes to LSU, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me, and I cannot wait.
Our study suggests the inhabitants didnt leave Angkor because the infrastructure failed, rather the infrastructure failed (or was not maintained or repaired) because the urban elite had already left.
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- elitCatalan, Valencian
- Führungsschicht, elitär, Spitze, Eliten-, Spitzengruppe, Oberschicht, Auslese, Elite, Elite-, Auslese-German
- elito, elitaEsperanto
- parhaimmisto, eliittiFinnish
- élite, d'élite, élitaireFrench
- עילית, אליטהHebrew
- अभिजात वर्गHindi
- վերնախավ, էլիտաArmenian
- hunga pakipakiMāori
- elitair, top-, elitaire, eliteDutch
- [[de]] [[elite]], elite, escolPortuguese
- элита, элитныйRussian
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