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e•lite or é•lite/ɪˈlit/USA pronunciation
n. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
adj. [before a noun]
- [countable; often used with a plural verb] the choice, best, or most powerful members of a group, class, etc.
- Printing[uncountable] a 10-point type widely used in typewriters and having 12 characters to the inch.Compare pica1.
- of the best or most select:Elite paratroops went in first.
(i lēt′, ā lēt′),USA pronunciation n.
- (often used with a pl. v.) the choice or best of anything considered collectively, as of a group or class of persons.
- (used with a pl. v.) persons of the highest class:Only the elite were there.
- a group of persons exercising the major share of authority or influence within a larger group:the power elite of a major political party.
- Printinga type, approximately 10-point in printing-type size, widely used in typewriters and having 12 characters to the inch. Cf. pica1.
- representing the most choice or select;
best:an elite group of authors.
- 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
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elite, élite /ɪˈliːt eɪ-/ n
- (sometimes functioning as plural) the most powerful, rich, gifted, or educated members of a group, community, etc
Also called: twelve pitch a typewriter typesize having 12 characters to the inch
Etymology: 18th Century: from French, from Old French eslit chosen, from eslire to choose, from Latin ēligere to elect
- of, relating to, or suitable for an elite; exclusive
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