priv·​i·​leged | \ ˈpriv-lijd How to pronounce privileged (audio) , ˈpri-və- \

Definition of privileged

1 : having or enjoying one or more privileges privileged classes
2 : 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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Recent Examples on the Web One, Candy, is a dissolute superstar who abuses co-workers, shows up on set plastered and moans about how awful her privileged life is. Chris Hewitt, Star Tribune, "There are two Drew Barrymores in this new comedy and you'll hate 'em both," 10 Dec. 2020 As the estranged daughter of a manipulative, wealthy man, Elisabeth has spent years denying and ignoring the benefits of her privileged life. Washington Post, "In ‘Friends and Strangers,’ a new mom insists the babysitter is her buddy. She’s not.," 30 June 2020 Photographer Alice Austen lived a privileged life, but also one that didn’t conform to modern times. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian Magazine, "Take Virtual Tours of These Seven Historic Homes of American Artists," 8 June 2020 Like a luxury box in a stadium, Moynihan was built essentially to benefit a privileged few. Michael Kimmelman, New York Times, "Moynihan Train Hall: It’s Stunning. And, a First Step.," 11 Jan. 2021 But women of color—specifically Black and Latina women—who are among the economically privileged in the U.S. are nevertheless more confident in their abilities as investors than their white female peers. Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune, "Why wealthy women of color are more confident investors than their white female peers," 17 Dec. 2020 For once, even the most privileged had few distractions — no dinner parties, no basketball games or shopping excursions. Los Angeles Times, "2020 was the year America embraced Black Lives Matter as a movement, not just a moment," 16 Dec. 2020 The characters are endowed with complex lives and emotions, as well as backgrounds in Aleut culture, Chinese poetry, boat navigation, and—in the botanist’s case—privileged, dogmatic thinking. Nancy Lord, Anchorage Daily News, "Our reviewers read a lot of books in 2020. Here are their favorites.," 25 Dec. 2020 The hackers behind this supply-chain compromise had privileged access to 18,000 enterprise networks and followed up on only 40 of them. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Microsoft president calls SolarWinds hack an “act of recklessness”," 17 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of privileged

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Privileged.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of privileged

sometimes disapproving : having special rights or advantages that most people do not have
law : known only by the people who need to know


priv·​i·​leged | \ ˈpri-və-lijd \

Kids Definition of privileged

: having more things and a better chance in life than most people He comes from a privileged family.



Legal Definition of privileged

: 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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