- a right, immunity, or benefit enjoyed by a particular person or a restricted group of people beyond the advantages of most: the privileges of the very rich.
- the unearned and mostly unacknowledged societal advantage that a restricted group of people has over another group: white privilege based on skin color; male privilege; children of privilege.
verb (used with object), priv·i·leged, priv·i·leg·ing.
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OTHER WORDS FROM privilegepriv·i·leg·er, nounpro·priv·i·lege, adjective
Example sentences from the Web for privilege
These entrepreneurs have chosen to incorporate as private businesses, with all the legal rights and privileges that entails.Refusing to Marry Same-Sex Couples Isn’t Religious Freedom, It’s Just Discrimination|Sally Kohn|October 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Remember that old marketing line: “Wealth has its privileges”?
In addition to sparing their lives, Kruger offered the prisoners better food and other privileges for their hard work.
“We did not rescue Marcus for money or privileges,” Gulab says.The Afghan Village That Saved Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell|Sami Yousafzai, Ron Moreau|November 8, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The reinstatement of Har Bracha makes it eligible for government benefits and all the privileges accorded to Hesder schools.Why Did a Controversial Yeshiva Regain Israeli Government Approval?|Zack Parker|July 10, 2013|DAILY BEAST
He was especially cruel to the boyards, treating their rights and privileges with scorn.The Story of Russia|R. Van Bergen, M.A.
It was altogether a dangerous transaction for the socmen, because they were risking their privileges thereby.Villainage in England|Paul Vinogradoff
These privileges are not confined to any particular country or complexion.Abraham Lincoln|George Haven Putnam
Popular feeling Jackson unrebuked proved too strong for Congress to assert its privileges as the sole war-making power.A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year|Edwin Emerson
The German people have always been a little jealous of the privileges of the military.
British Dictionary definitions for privilege
- the right of a lawyer to refuse to divulge information obtained in confidence from a client
- the right claimed by any of certain other functionaries to refuse to divulge informationexecutive privilege