WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
priv•i•lege /ˈprɪvəlɪdʒ, ˈprɪvlɪdʒ/USA pronunciation
- [uncountable] a special right or exemption granted to persons in authority that frees them from certain obligations:The president claimed executive privilege.
- [uncountable] the principle or condition of enjoying special rights or advantages:a life of wealth and privilege.
- [countable] a right or advantage that one enjoys, as because of a job:had special parking privileges for as long as she wanted them.
- [countable] an advantage or source of pleasure granted to a person:It's my privilege to be here.See -priv-,-leg-.
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privilege /ˈprɪvɪlɪdʒ/ n
- a benefit, immunity, etc, granted under certain conditions
- the advantages and immunities enjoyed by a small usually powerful group or class, esp to the disadvantage of others: one of the obstacles to social harmony is privilege
- US a speculative contract permitting its purchaser to make optional purchases or sales of securities at a specified time over a limited period of time
Etymology: 12th Century: from Old French privilēge, from Latin prīvilēgium law relevant to rights of an individual, from prīvus an individual + lēx law
- to bestow a privilege or privileges upon
- (followed by from) to free or exempt
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