Meaning of “elite” in the English Dictionary

"elite" in British English

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elitenoun [ C, + sing/pl verb ]

uk /iˈliːt/ us /iˈliːt/

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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  • the political elite
  • the intellectual elite
  • the educated ruling elite
  • His research ought to have secured him a place in academia's elite.
  • Brazil's political and business elite seem prepared to accept the election results.

eliteadjective [ before noun ]

uk /iˈliːt/ us /iˈliːt/

(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 powerful compared to others of a similar type

adjective us /eɪˈlit, ɪ-/

(Definition of “elite” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"elite" in Business English

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elitenoun [ C ]

uk /ɪˈliːt/ us

the richest, most powerful, best educated, or best trained people in a particular group or society:

(Definition of “elite” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)