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ELITE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does elite mean? 

ELITE (noun)
  The noun ELITE has 1 sense:

1. a group or class of persons enjoying superior intellectual or social or economic status

  Familiarity information: ELITE used as a noun is very rare.


ELITE (adjective)
  The adjective ELITE has 1 sense:

1. selected as the best

  Familiarity information: ELITE used as an adjective is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


ELITE (noun)


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Meaning:

A group or class of persons enjoying superior intellectual or social or economic status

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Synonyms:

elite; elite group

Hypernyms ("elite" is a kind of...):

upper class; upper crust (the class occupying the highest position in the social hierarchy)

Meronyms (members of "elite"):

technocrat (an expert who is a member of a highly skilled elite group)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "elite"):

chosen; elect (an exclusive group of people)

cream; pick (the best people or things in a group)

clerisy; intelligentsia (an educated and intellectual elite)

beau monde; bon ton; high society; smart set; society (the fashionable elite)

few (a small elite group)

aristocracy; nobility (a privileged class holding hereditary titles)


ELITE (adjective)


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Meaning:

Selected as the best

Synonyms:

elect; elite

Context examples:

an elect circle of artists / elite colleges

Similar:

selected (chosen in preference to another)


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