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



    BrE BrE//ˌmerɪˈtɒkrəsi//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌmerɪˈtɑːkrəsi//
    (pl. meritocracies)
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  1. 1[countable, uncountable] a country or social system where people get power or money on the basis of their ability
  2. 2the meritocracy [singular] the group of people with power in this kind of social system
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: meritocracy