elite

[ih-leet, ey-leet]
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; Middle English elit a person elected to office < Middle French e(s)lit past participle of e(s)lire to choose; see elect

antielite, noun, adjective
nonelite, noun
superelite, noun
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elite or élite (ɪˈliːt, eɪ-, ɪˈliːt, eɪ-)
 
n
1.  (sometimes functioning as plural) 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
 
adj
3.  of, relating to, or suitable for an elite; exclusive
 
[C18: from French, from Old French eslit chosen, from eslire to choose, from Latin ēligere to elect]
 
élite or élite
 
n
 
adj
 
[C18: from French, from Old French eslit chosen, from eslire to choose, from Latin ēligere to elect]

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elite
1823, from Fr. élite "selection, choice," from O.Fr. fem. pp. of elire, elisre "pick out, choose," from L. eligere "choose" (see election). Borrowed in M.E. as "chosen person," esp. a bishop-elect, died out mid-15c., re-introduced by Byron's "Don Juan." As a typeface, first recorded 1920.
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elite definition


1. A term used to describe skilled crackers or hackers, or their deeds. In the last sense, compare to elegant.
The term is also used to describe exclusive forums (ftp sites, BBSs) used for trading pirated software, cracking tools, or phreaking codes.
(1997-01-31)
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Example sentences
He had managed to scare and offend many of the elite while keeping his approval
  ratings high.
The elite have had a monopoly on the distribution of information .
Most of the political elite joined.
They were ruled by militaristic warrior-priests, part of a small, wealthy elite.
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