WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
e•lite or é•lite/ɪˈlit/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. [countable;  often used with a plural verb] the choice, best, or most powerful members of a group, class, etc.
  2. Printing[uncountable] a 10-point type widely used in typewriters and having 12 characters to the inch.Compare pica1.

adj. [before a noun]
  1. of the best or most select:Elite paratroops went in first.
See -lec-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
e•lite  (i lēt, ā lēt),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. (often used with a pl. v.) the choice or best of anything considered collectively, as of a group or class of persons.
  2. (used with a pl. v.) persons of the highest class:Only the elite were there.
  3. a group of persons exercising the major share of authority or influence within a larger group:the power elite of a major political party.
  4. Printinga type, approximately 10-point in printing-type size, widely used in typewriters and having 12 characters to the inch. Cf. pica1.

adj. 
  1. representing the most choice or select;
    best:an elite group of authors.
Also,  é•lite. 
  • Middle French e(s)lit past participle of e(s)lire to choose; see elect
  • Middle English elit a person elected to office 1350–1400


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

elite, élite /ɪˈliːt eɪ-/ n
  1. (sometimes functioning as plural) the most powerful, rich, gifted, or educated members of a group, community, etc

  2. Also called: twelve pitch a typewriter typesize having 12 characters to the inch
adj
  1. of, relating to, or suitable for an elite; exclusive
Etymology: 18th Century: from French, from Old French eslit chosen, from eslire to choose, from Latin ēligere to elect



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