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elite

e·lite [or] é·lite

elite [or] élite

 
pronunciation:
ih lit
parts of speech:
noun, adjective
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: (usu. used with a pl. verb) the best, taken collectively.
The prizewinners were the elite among the competitors.
synonyms:
best, cream
antonyms:
dregs
similar words:
aristocracy, crème de la crème, nonpareil, pick
definition 2: (used with a pl. verb) those having the greatest authority or privilege or highest status.
It's a posh restaurant and caters to the elite.
antonyms:
common, riffraff
similar words:
aristocracy, bigwigs, establishment, gentry, haut monde, jet set, nobility, society, upper class, upper crust, VIPs
definition 3: a type size, as on a typewriter, with twelve characters per inch.
 
part of speech: adjective
definition: chosen as the best.
an elite marching corps
similar words:
best, choice, elect, first-class, first-rate, top
Word Parts
The word elite contains the following parts:
e- Latin prefix that means out, out of, away
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The prefix e- is an assimilated form of ex- used before roots beginning with certain consonants (b d, g, j, l, m, n, r, v). See ex-.
-ite1 Latin adjective-forming suffix that means in a state or condition (produced by the action denoted by the verb base)
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The suffix -ite1 attaches to Latin roots, as most English adjectives ending in -ite1 are loanwords from Latin, specifically from past participles of verbs formed with the suffix -itus.