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noun [countable] American English pronunciation: elite /ɪˈlit/ 
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  1. 1
    a small group of people who have a lot of advantages and keep the most power and influence

    the elites of wealth and power

    political/legal/social elite:

    members of the political elite

  2. 2
    the best or most skillful people in a group

    Only a small elite among mountaineers can climb these routes.

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