Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “elite”


adjective [before noun]     /ɪˈliːt/
belonging to the richest, most powerful, best-educated, or best-trained group in a society: Elite (= excellent) troops were airlifted to the trouble zone.Position and status in groups and organizations
(Definition of elite adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of elite

More definitions for “elite”

Word of the Day


friendly or helpful

Word of the Day


Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More