from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A group or class of persons or a member of such a group or class, enjoying superior intellectual, social, or economic status: "In addition to notions of social equality there was much emphasis on the role of elites and of heroes within them” ( Times Literary Supplement).
- n. The best or most skilled members of a group: the football team's elite.
- n. A size of type on a typewriter, equal to 12 characters per linear inch.
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- adj. Of high birth or social position; aristocratic or patrician.
- adj. Representing the choicest or most select of a group.
- n. A special group or social class of people which have a superior intellectual, social or economic status as, the elite of society.
- n. Someone who is among the best at certain task.
French élite, from Old French eslite, from feminine past participle of eslire, to choose, from Latin ēligere; see elect.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French elit, eslit ("chosen, elected") past participle of elire, eslire ("to choose, elect"), from Latin eligere ("to choose, elect"); see elect. (Wiktionary)