(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.
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representing the most choice or select; best:
an elite group of authors.
(sometimes functioning as pl) 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.
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a chemical agent that causes a pest, as an insect, to stop eating.
the doctrine advocating social, political, and all other rights of women equal to those of men. (sometimes initial capital letter) an organized movement for the attainment of such rights for women. Older Use, character. noun a doctrine or movement that advocates equal rights for women n. 1851, “state of being feminine;” sense of “advocacy of […]
advocating social, political, legal, and economic rights for women equal to those of men. an advocate of such rights. noun a person who advocates equal rights for women adjective of, relating to, or advocating feminism n. 1893, from French féministe (1872); cf. feminism. As an adjective by 1897. Womanist sometimes was tried as a native […]