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Meaning of “elite” in the English Dictionary

"elite" in British English

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elitenoun [C, + sing/pl verb]

uk   us   /ɪˈliːt/
C1 the ​richest, most ​powerful, best-educated, or best-trained ​group in a ​society: the country's ​educated elite a ​member of the elitedisapproving A ​powerful and ​corrupt elite has ​bled this ​countrydry.

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eliteadjective [before noun]

uk   us   /ɪˈliːt/
belonging to the ​richest, most ​powerful, best-educated, or best-trained ​group in a ​society: Elite ​troops were airlifted to the ​troublezone.
(Definition of elite from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"elite" in American English

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elitenoun [C]

 us   /ɪˈlit/
those ​people or ​organizations that are ​considered the ​best or most ​powerfulcompared to ​others of a ​similartype
elite
adjective  us   /eɪˈlit, ɪ-/
elite ​femaleathletes
(Definition of elite from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"elite" in Business English

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elitenoun [C]

uk   us   /ɪˈliːt/
the ​richest, most powerful, best educated, or best ​trainedpeople in a particular ​group or ​society: the ​corporate/​financial/​media elite
(Definition of elite from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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