The definition of elite is something prestigious or the best of the best.
An example of elite is an Olympic athlete.
- [also with pl. v.] the group or part of a group selected or regarded as the finest, best, most distinguished, most powerful, etc.
- a size of type for typewriters, measuring twelve characters to the linear inch
Origin of eliteFrench élite from Old French eslite, feminine past participle of eslire, to choose from Vulgar Latin an unverified form exligere, for Classical Latin eligere: see elect
of, forming, or suitable for an elite
nounpl. elite, or e·lites or élite or é·lites
- a. A group or class of persons considered to be superior to others because of their intelligence, social standing, or wealth: “Auguste Comte … believed that in the age of science society should be ruled by an elite of scientists” ( Lewis A. Coser )b. A member of such a group: “Elites don't grant us [sociologists] interviews. They don't let us hang out at their country clubs” ( Sudhir Venkatesh )c. The best or most skilled members of a group: the elite of professional tennis.
- A size of type on a typewriter, equal to 12 characters per linear inch.
Origin of eliteFrench élite from Old French eslite from feminine past participle of eslire to choose from Latin ēligere ; see elect .
(comparative more elite, superlative most elite)
elite - Computer Definition
A typeface that prints 12 cpi.