Meaning of elite

e•lite

Pronunciation: (i-lēt', ā-lēt'), [key]
— n.
  1. the choice or best of anything considered collectively, as of a group or class of persons.
  2. 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. a type, approximately 10-point in printing-type size, widely used in typewriters and having 12 characters to the inch. Cf. pica.
—adj.
  1. representing the most choice or select; best: an elite group of authors.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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