Elite Definition

ĭ-lēt, ā-lēt
elites
noun
elites
A group or class of persons considered to be superior to others because of their intelligence, social standing, or wealth.
American Heritage
The group or part of a group selected or regarded as the finest, best, most distinguished, most powerful, etc.
Webster's New World
A member of such a group.
American Heritage
A size of type for typewriters, measuring twelve characters to the linear inch.
Webster's New World

Someone who is among the best at certain task.

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adjective
Of, forming, or suitable for an elite.
Webster's New World
The definition of elite is something prestigious or the best of the best.
An example of elite is an Olympic athlete.
YourDictionary

Representing the choicest or most select of a group.

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Other Word Forms of Elite

Noun

Singular:
elite
Plural:
elites, lites

Origin of Elite

  • From Old French elit, eslit (“chosen, elected”) past participle of elire, eslire (“to choose, elect”), from Latin eligere (“to choose, elect”); see elect.

    From Wiktionary

  • French élite from Old French eslite from feminine past participle of eslire to choose from Latin ēligere elect

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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