- A group or class of persons or a member of such a group or class, enjoying superior intellectual, social, or economic status: "In addition to notions of social equality there was much emphasis on the role of elites and of heroes within them” ( Times Literary Supplement). (noun)
- The best or most skilled members of a group: the football team's elite. (noun)
- A size of type on a typewriter, equal to 12 characters per linear inch. (noun)
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