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Date: 1800-1900
Language: French
Origin: , past participle of élire 'to choose', from Latin eligere; ELECT1

elite

1 noun
     
e‧lite1 [countable]
a group of people who have a lot of power and influence because they have money, knowledge, or special skills
political/social/economic etc elite
the domination of power by a small political elite
a struggle for power within the ruling elite

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