The elite are the group thought to be the best and having the highest status. In the middle ages, only elite men were taught to read and write.

There are elite schools, elite teams, and elite players, some really the best and some just calling themselves the best. Who can join the basketball elite besides LeBron James and Michael Jordan? That's a matter of opinion. Elite is used with a singular or plural verb, depending on whether these special people are considered together as a group or as individual members of a group.

Definitions of elite

n a group or class of persons enjoying superior intellectual or social or economic status

elite group
Ferdinand and Isabella
joint monarchs of Spain; Ferdinand V and Isabella I
William and Mary
joint monarchs of England; William III and Mary II
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chosen, elect
an exclusive group of people
cream, pick
the best people or things in a group
clerisy, intelligentsia
an educated and intellectual elite
beau monde, bon ton, high society, smart set, society
the fashionable elite
a small elite group
aristocracy, nobility
a privileged class holding hereditary titles
people interested in culture and cultural activities
the literary intelligentsia
members of the nobility (especially of the French nobility)
baronage, peerage
the peers of a kingdom considered as a group
the collective body of baronets
aristocrats holding the rank of knight
feudal Japanese military aristocracy
Type of:
upper class, upper crust
the class occupying the highest position in the social hierarchy

adj selected as the best

elite colleges”
chosen in preference to another

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