[priv-uh-lijd, priv-lijd]
belonging to a class that enjoys special privileges; favored: the privileged few.
entitled to or exercising a privilege.
restricted to a select group or individual: privileged information; a privileged position.
not rendering the person making them liable to prosecution for libel or slander, in view of the attendant circumstances.
not requiring any testimony concerning them to be presented in court.
Navigation. (of a vessel) having the right of way.
Compare burdened.

1350–1400; Middle English; see privilege, -ed2, -ed3

nonprivileged, adjective
quasi-privileged, adjective
unprivileged, adjective Unabridged


[priv-uh-lij, priv-lij]
a right, immunity, or benefit enjoyed only by a person beyond the advantages of most: the privileges of the very rich.
a special right, immunity, or exemption granted to persons in authority or office to free them from certain obligations or liabilities: the privilege of a senator to speak in Congress without danger of a libel suit.
a grant to an individual, corporation, etc., of a special right or immunity, under certain conditions.
the principle or condition of enjoying special rights or immunities.
any of the rights common to all citizens under a modern constitutional government: We enjoy the privileges of a free people.
an advantage or source of pleasure granted to a person: It's my privilege to be here.
Stock Exchange. an option to buy or sell stock at a stipulated price for a limited period of time, including puts, calls, spreads, and straddles.
verb (used with object), privileged, privileging.
to grant a privilege to.
to exempt (usually followed by from ).
to authorize or license (something otherwise forbidden).

1125–75; (noun) Middle English; earlier privilegie (< Old French privilege) < Latin prīvilēgium orig., a law for or against an individual, equivalent to prīvi- (combining form of prīvus one's own) + lēg- (see legal) + -ium -ium; (v.) Middle English privilegen (< Middle French privilegier) < Medieval Latin prīvilēgiāre, derivative of prīvilēgium

privileger, noun
proprivilege, adjective

1. Privilege, prerogative refer to a special advantage or right possessed by an individual or group. A privilege is a right or advantage gained by birth, social position, effort, or concession. It can have either legal or personal sanction: the privilege of paying half fare; the privilege of calling whenever one wishes. Prerogative refers to an exclusive right claimed and granted, often officially or legally, on the basis of social status, heritage, sex, etc.: the prerogatives of a king; the prerogatives of management. 4. license, freedom, liberty. Unabridged
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privilege (ˈprɪvɪlɪdʒ)
1.  a benefit, immunity, etc, granted under certain conditions
2.  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
3.  any of the fundamental rights guaranteed to the citizens of a country by its constitution
4.  a.  the right of a lawyer to refuse to divulge information obtained in confidence from a client
 b.  the right claimed by any of certain other functionaries to refuse to divulge information: executive privilege
5.  the rights and immunities enjoyed by members of most legislative bodies, such as freedom of speech, freedom from arrest in civil cases during a session, etc
6.  (US) stock exchange call put spread See also straddle a speculative contract permitting its purchaser to make optional purchases or sales of securities at a specified time over a limited period of time
7.  to bestow a privilege or privileges upon
8.  (foll by from) to free or exempt
[C12: from Old French privilēge, from Latin prīvilēgium law relevant to rights of an individual, from prīvus an individual + lēx law]

privileged (ˈprɪvɪlɪdʒd)
1.  enjoying or granted as a privilege or privileges
2.  law
 a.  not actionable as a libel or slander
 b.  (of a communication, document, etc) that a witness cannot be compelled to divulge
3.  nautical (of a vessel) having the right of way

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Word Origin & History

1154 (recorded earlier in O.E., but as a Latin word), from O.Fr. privilege (12c.), from L. privilegium "law applying to one person," later "privilege," from privus "individual" + lex (gen. legis) "law."
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Example sentences
The provision would protect the company's privileged status as an élite
  information provider.
Elitism, preciousness, and ethereality pervade such privileged environments.
We are also proposing a review and decisions regarding the groups that benefit
  from privileged pensions as at present.
When you're there you're aware of how intensely privileged you are.
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