noun \ˈpriv-lij, ˈpri-və-\

: a right or benefit that is given to some people and not to others

: a special opportunity to do something that makes you proud

: the advantage that wealthy and powerful people have over other people in a society

Full Definition of PRIVILEGE

:  a right or immunity granted as a peculiar benefit, advantage, or favor :  prerogative; especially :  such a right or immunity attached specifically to a position or an office

Examples of PRIVILEGE

  1. Good health care should be a right and not a privilege.
  2. We had the privilege of being invited to the party.
  3. I had the privilege of knowing your grandfather.
  4. He lived a life of wealth and privilege.
  5. It is evolving into an elite institution, open chiefly to the well-educated few. In short, marriage is becoming yet another form of privilege. —Barbara Dafoe Whitehead, Commonweal, 2 Dec. 2005


Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin privilegium law for or against a private person, from privus private + leg-, lex law
First Known Use: 12th century


verb \ˈpriv-lij, ˈpri-və-\

: to give an advantage that others do not have to (someone or something)


Full Definition of PRIVILEGE

transitive verb
:  to grant a privilege to(see 1privilege)
:  to accord a higher value or superior position to <privilege one mode of discourse over another>

Examples of PRIVILEGE

  1. The new tax laws unfairly privilege the rich.
  2. <only professionals who meet the education and experience requirements set by law are privileged to use the title interior designer in Oklahoma>


(see 1privilege)
First Known Use: 14th century


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