- (often used with a plural verb) the choice or best of anything considered collectively, as of a group or class of persons.
- (used with a plural verb) persons of the highest class: Only the elite were there.
- a group of persons exercising the major share of authority or influence within a larger group: the power elite of a major political party.
- a type, approximately 10-point in printing-type size, widely used in typewriters and having 12 characters to the inch.Compare pica1.
- representing the most choice or select; best: an elite group of authors.
- (sometimes functioning as plural) the most powerful, rich, gifted, or educated members of a group, community, etc
- Also called: twelve pitch a typewriter typesize having 12 characters to the inch
- of, relating to, or suitable for an elite; exclusive
1823, from French élite “selection, choice,” from Old French eslite (12c.), fem. past participle of elire, elisre “pick out, choose,” from Latin eligere “choose” (see election). Borrowed in Middle English as “chosen person” (late 14c.), especially a bishop-elect; died out mid-15c.; re-introduced by Byron’s “Don Juan.” As an adjective by 1852. As a typeface, first recorded 1920.