Pronunciation: (i-lēt', ā-lēt'),[key] —n. 1. (often used with a pl. v.) the choice or best of anything considered collectively, as of a group or class of persons.
2. (used with a pl. v.) persons of the highest class: Only the elite were there. 3. a group of persons exercising the major share of authority or influence within a larger group: the power elite of a major political party. 4. a type, approximately 10-point in printing-type size, widely used in typewriters and having 12 characters to the inch. Cf. pica1.
—adj. representing the most choice or select; best: an elite group of authors.Also,é•lite'.