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elite

noun [C, + sing/pl verb] uk   /ɪˈliːt/ us  
C1 the richest, most powerful, best-educated, or best-trained group in a society: the country's educated elite a member of the elite disapproving A powerful and corrupt elite has bled this country dry.
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adjective [before noun] uk   /ɪˈliːt/ us  
belonging to the richest, most powerful, best-educated, or best-trained group in a society: Elite troops were airlifted to the trouble zone.
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