Quote Originally Posted by Roger Hicks
From the Oxford English Dictionary:

Elite: The choice part or flower (of society or of any body or class of persons).

So it comes down to your dictionary against mine. Personally I'll back the OED.

Cheers

Roger
That wasn't my point, which is that in common usage (at least here in the US) the word connotes other things to which I think these posters are reacting.

I prefer the OED, too. Not being among the flower of society myself, it's difficult for me to afford.