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elite

[ih-leet, ey-leet] /ɪˈlit, eɪˈlit/
noun
1.
(often used with a plural verb) the choice or best of anything considered collectively, as of a group or class of persons.
2.
(used with a plural verb) persons of the highest class:
Only the elite were there.
3.
a group of persons exercising the major share of authority or influence within a larger group:
the power elite of a major political party.
4.
a type, approximately 10-point in printing-type size, widely used in typewriters and having 12 characters to the inch.
Compare pica1 .
adjective
5.
representing the most choice or select; best:
an elite group of authors.
Also, élite.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English elit a person elected to office < Middle French e(s)lit past participle of e(s)lire to choose; see elect
Related forms
antielite, noun, adjective
nonelite, noun
superelite, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for antielite

elite

/ɪˈliːt; eɪ-/
noun
1.
(sometimes functioning as pl) the most powerful, rich, gifted, or educated members of a group, community, etc
2.
Also called twelve pitch. a typewriter typesize having 12 characters to the inch
adjective
3.
of, relating to, or suitable for an elite; exclusive
Word Origin
C18: from French, from Old French eslit chosen, from eslire to choose, from Latin ēligere to elect
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Word Origin and History for antielite

elite

n.

1823, from French élite "selection, choice," from Old French eslite (12c.), fem. past participle of elire, elisre "pick out, choose," from Latin eligere "choose" (see election). Borrowed in Middle English as "chosen person" (late 14c.), especially a bishop-elect; died out mid-15c.; re-introduced by Byron's "Don Juan." As an adjective by 1852. As a typeface, first recorded 1920.

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