- 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.
OTHER WORDS FOR privilege
Origin of privilege
synonym study for privilege
OTHER WORDS FROM privilegepriv·i·leg·er, nounpro·priv·i·lege, adjective
How to use privilege in a sentence
In a country where talk is “cheap” and opinions are “a dime a dozen,” we give the facts special privileges and special status.On Torture, Chuck Johnson & Sondheim|James Poulos|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As in most prisons, the “trusty” was a convict the warden trusted and thus had special privileges.The Tragic History of Southern Food|Jason Berry|November 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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”?Rich People Want You to Work for Free|Ted Gioia|October 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She refused to criticize the group by name or clarify whether she believed that ethnic Koreans had special privileges.For Top Pols In Japan Crime Doesn’t Pay, But Hate Crime Does|Jake Adelstein, Angela Erika Kubo|September 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
No ill use has been made of these privileges; but the domain and wealth of Great Britain have received amazing addition.The Eve of the Revolution|Carl Becker
By the fourteenth amendment to the federal constitution their rights and privileges have been further secured.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman|Albert Sidney Bolles
I am prepared to recognise the principle established by law—that there shall be equality in civil privileges.
But next—many civil rulers form another class which exacts upon the privileges of the Church.
Would it be cruel to cut off children from the privileges of civil society because of their feebleness?
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