• An exemption from certain laws granted by the Pope.
  • A particular benefit, advantage, or favor; a right or immunity enjoyed by some but not others; a prerogative, preferential treatment.
  • An especially rare or fortunate opportunity; the good fortune (to do something).
  • The fact of being privileged; the status or existence of (now especially social or economic) benefit or advantage within a given society.
  • A right or immunity enjoyed by a legislative body or its members.
  • A stock market option.
  • A common law doctrine that protects certain communications from being used as evidence in court.
  • An ability to perform an action on the system that can be selectively granted or denied to users.


  • To grant some particular right or exemption to; to invest with a peculiar right or immunity; to authorize
  • To bring or put into a condition of privilege or exemption from evil or danger; to exempt; to deliver.


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  • From Middle English privilege, from Anglo-Norman privilege and Old French privilege, from Latin prīvilēgium ("ordinance or law against or in favor of an individual"), from prīvus + lex.

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