Definition of elite noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//eɪˈliːt//
; NAmE NAmE//eɪˈliːt//
; BrE BrE//ɪˈliːt//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈliːt//
[countable + singular or plural verb] Social justice
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a small 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. See related entries: Social justice Word Originlate 18th cent.: from French élite ‘selection, choice’, from élire ‘to elect’, from a variant of Latin eligere, from e- (variant of ex-) ‘out’ + legere ‘to pick’. Wordfindercivil rights, class, conform, convention, culture, custom, elite, equality, outsider, societyExtra examples He was an influential member of the ruling elite. These people form an elite who have the power to make decisions. a club for members of the business elite the European Union’s technocratic elites Cultural centres should not just be for the use of a social elite. He came from the country’s intellectual elite. The global elite has held meetings there since 1873.

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