elite[i lēt′, ā-]
The definition of elite is something prestigious or the best of the best.
An example of elite is an Olympic athlete.
- 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 &ellipsis; 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.