priv·​i·​leged ˈpriv-lijd How to pronounce privileged (audio)
: having or enjoying one or more privileges
privileged classes
: not subject to the usual rules or penalties because of some special circumstance
especially : not subject to disclosure in a court of law
a privileged communication

Examples of privileged in a Sentence

He comes from a very privileged background. The town attracts people who are wealthy and privileged. The President's adviser has a privileged position of trust. She had privileged access to the files. Only the privileged few can become members of the club.
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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of privileged was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Privileged.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


: having more things and a better chance in life than most people
privileged classes of society

Legal Definition


: not subject to the usual rules or penalties because of some special circumstance
especially : not subject to disclosure especially in an adjudicative proceeding
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