(used with a plural verb) the choicest or best of anything considered collectively, especially of a group or class of people: The elite of the contemporary art scene were all represented at the gallery.
(used with a plural verb)
people of the highest financial or social level of society: Only the elite received invites to the event.
a group of people exercising the major share of authority or influence within a larger group: The scandal involved most members of the political party's power elite.
a member of a group of people who have a great deal of power, influence, or social capital: The elites don't care about ordinary people's problems.
a type, widely used in typewriters, that is approximately 10-point in size and has 12 characters to the inch.: Compare pica1.
representing the choicest or most select; best: The program is taught by an elite group of authors.
- an·ti·e·lite, noun, adjective
- non·e·lite, noun
- su·per·e·lite, noun
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How to use elite in a sentence
The program’s detractors argue that the initiative is little more than a handout to wealthy elites.Opportunity Zones haven’t fully reached their potential, but don’t write them off yet | jakemeth | September 16, 2020 | Fortune
An annual rite of recent autumns has been to wonder whether Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers truly belongs among the game’s elite signal-callers anymore.
Researchers have suggested that these structures were places for ritual ceremonies, houses of social elites or protection from attackers.Drones find signs of a Native American ‘Great Settlement’ beneath a Kansas pasture | Bruce Bower | September 10, 2020 | Science News
We want to make elite personalized coaching accessible to all.Mustard raises $1.7M to improve athletic mechanics with AI | Brian Heater | September 4, 2020 | TechCrunch
Sure, there are those moments in elite sports when the ball bounces off the post and off a defender’s foot into the goal, but still, luck is not supernatural.‘The Dream Architects’: Inside the making of gaming’s biggest franchises | Rachel King | September 1, 2020 | Fortune
And they all travel affordably, busting the myth that travel is only for the elite.‘We Out Here’: Inside the New Black Travel Movement | Charlise Ferguson | January 4, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
They then become members of the ultra elite Unit 121, granted premium housing and a well-stocked cupboard.Inside the ‘Surprisingly Great’ North Korean Hacker Hotel | Michael Daly | December 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
"Our Siberian girls are admired more by Asian countries than by the West," elite Stars school director Tatyana Fetisova told me.Is 9-Year-Old Russian Model Kristina Pimenova Too Sexualized? | Anna Nemtsova | December 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
One of five top agencies in Novosibirsk, elite Stars, recently was producing over 200 models every two to three months.Is 9-Year-Old Russian Model Kristina Pimenova Too Sexualized? | Anna Nemtsova | December 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Muslim leaders have accused the ruling elite of carrying out what they see as religious persecution.
The wealthy elite sons and daughters of the hacienda studied at institutions of higher learning abroad.The Haciendas of Mexico | Paul Alexander Bartlett
None of these elite were making any effort to approach the buffet or the portable bar at the other side of the room."And That's How It Was, Officer" | Ralph Sholto
On this much smaller sheet the elite type makes a better appearance with letters of this kind.How to Write Letters (Formerly The Book of Letters) | Mary Owens Crowther
Here every Sunday exquisite music is rendered, and here come the elite to worship and to add liberal gifts.The Harris-Ingram Experiment | Charles E. Bolton
Only the financially elite could afford to belong and play upon its tame nine-hole course.I Walked in Arden | Jack Crawford
British Dictionary definitions for elite
(sometimes functioning as plural) the most powerful, rich, gifted, or educated members of a group, community, etc
Also called: twelve pitch a typewriter typesize having 12 characters to the inch
of, relating to, or suitable for an elite; exclusive
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