a special advantage or immunity or benefit not enjoyed by all
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"
(law) the right to refuse to divulge information obtained in a confidential relationship
privilege, favor, favour(verb)
bestow a privilege upon
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.
The status or existence of such benefit or advantage.
A common law doctrine that protects certain communications from being used as evidence in court.
To grant some particular right or exemption to; to invest with a peculiar right or immunity; to authorize; as, to privilege representatives from arrest.
To bring or put into a condition of privilege or exemption from evil or danger; to exempt; to deliver.
Origin: From privilège, from privilegium, from privus + lex, legis.
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
see Call, Put, Spread, etc
to grant some particular right or exemption to; to invest with a peculiar right or immunity; to authorize; as, to privilege representatives from arrest
to bring or put into a condition of privilege or exemption from evil or danger; to exempt; to deliver
Origin: [Cf. F. privilgier.]
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
priv′i-lej, n. an advantage to an individual: a right enjoyed only by a few: freedom from burdens borne by others: prerogative: a sacred and vital civil right: (Shak.) superiority.—v.t. to grant a privilege to: to exempt: to authorise, license.—adj. Priv′ileged.—Breach of privilege, any interference with or slight done to the rights or privileges of a legislative body; Question of privilege, any question arising out of the rights of an assembly or of its members; Writ of privilege, an order for the release of a person from custody. [Fr.,—L. privilegium—privus, single, lex, legis, a law.]
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'privilege' in Nouns Frequency: #1553
The numerical value of privilege in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of privilege in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
It is the province of knowledge to speak and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen.
The President seems to extend executive privilege way out past the atmosphere. What he says is executive privilege is nothing but executive poppycock.
The greatest and most amiable privilege which the rich enjoy over the poor is that which they exercise the least--the privilege of making others happy.
You must give some time to your fellow men. Even if it's a little thing, do something for others - something for which you get no pay but the privilege of doing it.
...we have declined to produce documents covered by the attorney-client privilege, and we are preparing a log for the committee detailing what documents are being withheld under that privilege.
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- privilegiCatalan, Valencian
- výsada, privilegiumCzech
- privilegieren, PrivilegGerman
- privilegio, privilegiarSpanish
- salassapito-oikeus, etuoikeus, erioikeusFinnish
- privilège, privilégierFrench
- előny, kiváltságHungarian
- privilegio, prerogativaItalian
- 특권, 特權Korean
- drept, privilegiuRomanian
- привилегия, льготаRussian
- privilegij, privilegijaSerbo-Croatian
- ప్రత్యేక హక్కుTelugu
- imtiyaz, torpil, kıyak, ayrıcalıkTurkish
- đặc quyềnVietnamese
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