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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: , past participle of seligere 'to select', from legere 'to gather, choose'

select

2 adjective
     
select2 formal
1 a select group of people or things is a small special group that has been chosen carefully:
The party was small and select.
Honorary degrees are handed out to a select few.
2 only lived in, visited, or used by a small number of rich people [= exclusive]:
a select block of flats

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