• IPA: /ɪˈliːt/, /əˈliːt/, /ɛˈliːt/, /eɪˈliːt/

elite (comparative eliter, superlative elitest)

  1. Of high birth or social position; aristocratic or patrician.
  2. Representing the choicest or most select of a group.
    • 2013, Louise Taylor, English talent gets left behind as Premier League keeps importing (in The Guardian, 20 August 2013)
      Not since Coventry in 1992 has a Premier League side kicked off a campaign with an all-English XI but things have reached the point where, of the 61 signings who have cost the elite division's 20 clubs a transfer fee this summer, only 12 have involved Englishmen.
  • French: élite, élitaire, d'élite
  • German: elitär, Elite-, Eliten-, Auslese-
  • Portuguese: de elite
  • Russian: эли́тный
  • Spanish: élite

elite (plural elites)

  1. A special group or social class of people which have a superior intellectual, social or economic status as, the elite of society.
  2. Someone who is among the best at a certain task.
    • 1964, "[http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,871349,00.html France's Culture Corps]," Time, 7 Aug.,
      Is there a nobler or more disinterested aim than to educate the cadres, the elites of tomorrow?
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