- 1 a way of organizing a system, society, etc. so that only a few people (an elite ) have power or influence Many people believe that private education encourages elitism.
- 2the feeling of being better than other people that being part of an elite encourages
NAmE//ɪˈlit̮ɪzəm//, NAmE//eɪˈlit̮ɪzəm//[uncountable] (often disapproving)
NAmE//ɪˈlit̮ɪst//, NAmE//eɪˈlit̮ɪst//adjective an elitist model of society Universities are becoming far less elitist. She accused him of being elitist.