Definitions for privilegeˈprɪv ə lɪdʒ, ˈprɪv lɪdʒ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

priv•i•lege*ˈprɪv ə lɪdʒ, ˈprɪv lɪdʒ(n.; v.)-leged, -leg•ing.

  1. (n.)a right, immunity, or benefit enjoyed by a particular person or a restricted group of persons.

  2. a special right, immunity, or exemption granted to persons in authority or office to free them from certain obligations or liabilities.

  3. a grant of a special right or immunity, under certain conditions.

  4. the principle or condition of enjoying special rights or immunities.

  5. any of the rights common to all citizens under a modern constitutional government.

  6. an advantage or source of pleasure granted to a person:

    It's my privilege to be here.

  7. (v.t.)to grant a privilege to.

  8. to exempt (usu. fol. by from).

  9. to authorize or license (something otherwise forbidden).

* Syn: privilege , prerogative refer to a special advantage or right possessed by an individual or group. A privilege is a right or advantage gained by birth, social position, effort, or concession. It can have either legal or personal sanction: the privilege of paying half fare; the privilege of calling whenever one wishes.prerogative refers to an exclusive right claimed and granted, often officially or legally, on the basis of social status, heritage, sex, etc.: the prerogatives of a king; the prerogatives of management.

Origin of privilege:

1125–75; ME; earlier privilegie (< OF privilege) < L prīvilēgium orig., a law for or against an individual =prīvi- (comb. form of prīvus one's own) +lēg- (see legal ) +-ium -ium1

Princeton's WordNet

  1. privilege(noun)

    a special advantage or immunity or benefit not enjoyed by all

  2. prerogative, privilege, perquisite, exclusive right(noun)

    a right reserved exclusively by a particular person or group (especially a hereditary or official right)

    "suffrage was the prerogative of white adult males"

  3. privilege(verb)

    (law) the right to refuse to divulge information obtained in a confidential relationship

  4. privilege, favor, favour(verb)

    bestow a privilege upon

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. privilege(noun)ˈprɪv ə lɪdʒ, ˈprɪv lɪdʒ

    a special opportunity that only some people have

    Is education a right or a privilege?; the privileges of club membership; I had the privilege of working with Dr. King.

  2. privilegeˈprɪv ə lɪdʒ, ˈprɪv lɪdʒ

    all the advantages that wealthy people have

    a life of great privilege

Wiktionary

  1. privilege(Noun)

    A peculiar benefit, advantage, or favor; a right or immunity not enjoyed by others or by all; special enjoyment of a good, or exemption from an evil or burden; a prerogative; advantage; franchise; preferential treatment.

  2. privilege(Noun)

    The status or existence of such benefit or advantage.

  3. privilege(Noun)

    A common law doctrine that protects certain communications from being used as evidence in court.

  4. privilege(Verb)

    To grant some particular right or exemption to; to invest with a peculiar right or immunity; to authorize; as, to privilege representatives from arrest.

  5. privilege(Verb)

    To bring or put into a condition of privilege or exemption from evil or danger; to exempt; to deliver.

  6. Origin: From privilège, from privilegium, from privus + lex, legis.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Privilege(noun)

    a peculiar benefit, advantage, or favor; a right or immunity not enjoyed by others or by all; special enjoyment of a good, or exemption from an evil or burden; a prerogative; advantage; franchise

  2. Privilege(noun)

    see Call, Put, Spread, etc

  3. Privilege(verb)

    to grant some particular right or exemption to; to invest with a peculiar right or immunity; to authorize; as, to privilege representatives from arrest

  4. Privilege(verb)

    to bring or put into a condition of privilege or exemption from evil or danger; to exempt; to deliver

Freebase

  1. Privilege

    A privilege is a special entitlement to immunity granted by the state or another authority to a restricted group, either by birth or on a conditional basis. It can be revoked in certain circumstances. In modern democratic states, a privilege is conditional and granted only after birth. By contrast, a right is an inherent, irrevocable entitlement held by all citizens or all human beings from the moment of birth. Various older privileges, such as the old common law privilege to title deeds, may still exist, but be of little relevance today. Etymologically a privilege means a "private law", or rule relating to a specific individual or institution. Boniface's abbey of Fulda, to cite an early and prominent example, was granted privilegium, setting the abbot in direct contact with the pope, bypassing the jurisdiction of the local bishop. One of the objectives of the French Revolution was the abolition of privilege. This meant the removal of separate laws for different social classes, instead subjecting everyone to the same common law. Privileges were abolished by the National Constituent Assembly on August 4, 1789. One common legal privilege in the United States is protection from the requirement to testify or provide documents in certain situations.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'privilege' in Nouns Frequency: #1553


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

privilege(noun)

(a) favour or right available, or granted, to only one person, or to a small number of people

Senior students are usually allowed certain privileges.

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