1Of heavenly birth or origin; divinely created or bestowed.
2Of such great ability in a particular field as to appear divinely ordained to it. Also: privileged, exalted (frequently ironically, implying a lack of natural talent).
1With plural agreement. With the. Talented, privileged, or exalted people as a class; (also) those of divine or heavenly origin. Also used ironically. Now rare except as implied in sense B. 2.
2 historical In British India: (in the works of Rudyard Kipling) a British person, implying, sometimes ironically, exalted or very high status; (hence) a member of the Indian Civil Service. Also (with the and plural agreement): members of the Indian Civil Service as a class.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in Robert Greene (bap. 1558, d. 1592), writer and playwright. From heaven + born.