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 Wordfindercivil rights, class, conform, convention, culture, custom, elite, equality, outsider, society Word Origin late 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’.Extra 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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