Elite meaning

ĭ-lēt, ā-lēt
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The definition of elite is something prestigious or the best of the best.

An example of elite is an Olympic athlete.

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The group or part of a group selected or regarded as the finest, best, most distinguished, most powerful, etc.
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Of, forming, or suitable for an elite.
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A size of type for typewriters, measuring twelve characters to the linear inch.
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Someone who is among the best at certain task.
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Representing the choicest or most select of a group.
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A size of type on a typewriter, equal to 12 characters per linear inch.
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A typeface that prints 12 cpi.
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A special group or social class of people which have a superior intellectual, social or economic status as, the elite of society.
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Origin of elite

  • 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

  • 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