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e·lite

or é·lite (ĭ-lēt′, ā-lēt′)
n. pl. elite or e·lites or élite or é·lites
1.
a. A group or class of persons considered to be superior to others because of their intelligence, social standing, or wealth: "Auguste Comte ... believed that in the age of science society should be ruled by an elite of scientists" (Lewis A. Coser).
b. A member of such a group: "Elites don't grant us [sociologists] interviews. They don't let us hang out at their country clubs" (Sudhir Venkatesh).
c. The best or most skilled members of a group: the elite of professional tennis.
2. A size of type on a typewriter, equal to 12 characters per linear inch.

[French élite, from Old French eslite, from feminine past participle of eslire, to choose, from Latin ēligere; see elect.]

e·lite′ adj.

elite

(ɪˈliːt; eɪ-) or

élite

n
1. (sometimes functioning as plural) the most powerful, rich, gifted, or educated members of a group, community, etc
2. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) Also called: twelve pitch a typewriter type size having 12 characters to the inch
adj
of, relating to, or suitable for an elite; exclusive
[C18: from French, from Old French eslit chosen, from eslire to choose, from Latin ēligere to elect]

e•lite

or é•lite

(ɪˈlit, eɪˈlit)

n.
1. (often used with a pl. v.) the choice or best of a group, class, or the like.
2. (used with a pl. v.) persons of the wealthiest class.
3. a group of persons exercising authority within a larger group.
4. a 10-point type widely used in typewriters and having 12 characters to the inch. Compare pica 1.
adj.
5. of the best or most select.
[1350–1400; Middle English elit a person elected to office < Middle French e(s)lit past participle of e(s)lire to choose < Vulgar Latin *exlegere, for Latin ēligere; see elect]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.elite - a group or class of persons enjoying superior intellectual or social or economic status
upper class, upper crust - the class occupying the highest position in the social hierarchy
elect, chosen - an exclusive group of people; "one of the elect who have power inside the government"
cream, pick - the best people or things in a group; "the cream of England's young men were killed in the Great War"
clerisy, intelligentsia - an educated and intellectual elite
beau monde, bon ton, high society, smart set, society - the fashionable elite
few - a small elite group; "it was designed for the discriminating few"
aristocracy, nobility - a privileged class holding hereditary titles
technocrat - an expert who is a member of a highly skilled elite group
Adj.1.elite - selected as the best; "an elect circle of artists"; "elite colleges"
selected - chosen in preference to another

elite

noun
1. aristocracy, best, pick, elect, cream, upper class, nobility, gentry, high society, crème de la crème (French), flower, nonpareil a government comprised mainly of the elite
aristocracy rabble, dregs, hoi polloi, riffraff
adjective
1. leading, best, finest, pick, choice, selected, elect, crack (slang), supreme, exclusive, privileged, first-class, foremost, first-rate, pre-eminent, most excellent the elite troops of the President's bodyguard

elite

or élite
noun
2. The superlative or most preferable part of something:
Idioms: cream of the crop, flower of the flock, pick of the bunch.
adjective
Translations
نُخْبَه، صَفْوَه
elita
elite
elit
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elita
seçkin sınıf

elite

élite [eɪˈliːt]
A. Nélite f
B. CPD [group, unit, force] → de élite; [school, university] → de élite, exclusivo

elite

élite [ɪˈliːt]
adj [group] → d'élite; [athlete, player, team] → d'élite; [troops] → d'élite; [institution] → prestigieux/euse
n
the elite → l'élite f
the political elite → l'élite politique
the ruling elite → l'élite dirigeante

elite

n (often pej)Elite f
adjElite-; elite groupElitegruppe f, → Elite f; elite unitEliteeinheit f; elite forceElitetruppe f; elite troopsElitetruppen pl; an elite group of scholarseine Elite der Gelehrten

élite

[eɪˈliːt] nélite f inv

élite

(eiˈliːt) , ((American) i-) noun
(with the) the best or most important people especially within society.
References in classic literature ?
Meeting my betrothed in an avenue thronged with the élite of the city, I was hastening to greet her with one of my best considered bows, when a small particle of some foreign matter, lodging in the corner of my eye, rendered me, for the moment, completely blind.