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power elite

Definition of Power Elite

(noun) A small group of influential and wealthy people that control a disproportionate amount of power and resources.

Etymology of Power Elite

Power Elite Pronunciation

  • IPA Pronunciation
    • American English
      • /ˈpaʊ(ə)r ᵻˈlit/
      • /ˈpaʊ(ə)r eɪˈlit/
      • /ˈpaʊ(ə)r iˈlit/
    • British English
      • /ˈpaʊə ᵻˈliːt/
      • /ˈpaʊə eɪˈliːt/
  • Syllabification: (pow·er e·lite)

Usage Note

  • Plural: power elites

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Cite the Definition of Power Elite

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “power elite.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved October 16, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/power-elite/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

power elite. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/power-elite/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “power elite.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed October 16, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/power-elite/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“power elite.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 16 Oct. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/power-elite/>.