Definition of elite noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

elite

 noun
noun
NAmE//ɪˈlit//
 
, NAmE//eɪˈlit//
 
 
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a group of people in a society, etc. who are powerful and have a lot of influence, because they are rich, intelligent, etc. a member of the ruling/intellectual elite Public opinion is influenced by the small elite who control the media. In these countries, only the elite can afford an education for their children.
eliteadjective[only before noun]
 
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an elite group of senior officials an elite military academy