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



    BrE BrE//eɪˈliːtɪzəm//
    ; NAmE NAmE//eɪˈliːtɪzəm//
    ; BrE BrE//ɪˈliːtɪzəm//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈliːtɪzəm//
    [uncountable] (often disapproving) Social justice
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  1. 1a 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. See related entries: Social justice
  2. 2the feeling of being better than other people that being part of an elite encourages
  3. Extra examples Sailing is seen as an elitist sport. Teachers deny that the system is elitist. Universities began as small, elitist institutions.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: elitism