privilegepriv‧i‧lege1 /ˈprɪvəlɪdʒ/ ●●○W3 noun1[countable]ADVANTAGE a specialadvantage that is given only to one person or group of peopleHe had no special privileges and was treated just like every other prisoner.privilege ofthe privilege of a good education2[singular]ADVANTAGE something that you are lucky to have the chance to do, and that you enjoy very muchthe privilege of doing somethingToday, we have the privilege of listening to two very unusual men.the privilege to do somethingI had the great privilege to play for Yorkshire.It is a privilege to hear her play.3[uncountable]CLASS IN SOCIETY a situation in which people who are rich or of a high socialclass have many more advantages than other peoplewealth and privilege4[uncountable] a situation in which doctors, lawyers etc are allowed to keep information about their discussions with their patients or clientssecret from other people5[countable, uncountable]PPRIGHT/HAVE THE RIGHT TO the right to do or say something unacceptable without being punished, especially in Parliamentbreach of privilege (=a breaking of the rules about what a Member of Parliament can do or say)
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privilege• A good education should not just be a privilege of the rich.• Strauss alleged that this was an infringement of his absoluteprivilege of freespeech and as such was a contempt of Parliament.• Countries within the EuropeanCommunitygrantcertaincommercialprivileges to each other.• If convicted, he could lose his diplomaticprivileges.• Voting for the BaseballHall of Fame is an enormousprivilege, and it should be taken seriously by those involved.• But he foughtprivilege rather than use it wisely.• If the chores aren't done by the time the timer goes off, the kids lose privileges such as TV time.• Compton grew up in an atmosphere of privilege in the best part of St. Louis.• But surely she owed her beloved that honour at least, the honour of singlecombat, which is a dragon's privilege.• Why should famous people be given special privileges?• Foreigndiplomats have all kinds of special privileges.• If prisonersbehave well they are allowed the privilege of visiting their families at the weekend.• Not everyone has the privilege of a private education.• The higher rate includes the privilege of reservingscreeningcarrels in advance.• They did not give up their privileges easily.special privileges• Some one wrote in all capitalletters that unqualified disabledworkers were slacking off and getting special privileges.• Smith did not believe that anyone should have special privileges.• Its administrativemonopoly gave it special privileges and preferentialeconomictreatment.• There were no special privileges for the Hollywood star.• The problem is the special privileges that a group known as floortraders have, according to the mutualfundindustry.• The company car, the company plane, the special privileges will have to be justified.had ... privilege• The individual owed a duty to society, and had to respect privileges and those who enjoyed them.• I have never before had the privilege to work for such an environmentally-conscious, safe, dynamic and forward-thinking company.• If the clergyhad privileges, they also had commensurate duties.• Clerkshad particular privileges in society and were as a group apart.• McSpadden ruled that Lenhart had no such privilege, held her in contempt of court and ordered her jailed.• Could I really stand to live in a society where men had all the privileges and women none?• At 0900 promptly the youngest and newest recruithad the privilege of pressing the button.• There was a reason why they had foregone the privilege of having a singingcanary in the dock.breach of privilege• To do otherwise might, indeed, be to court a breach of privilege.• Each House has a Committee of Privileges to which primafacie of breach of privilege or contempt of Parliament are referred.privilegeprivilege2 verb [transitive] formalto treat some people or things better than others→ See Verb tableFrom Longman Business Dictionaryprivilegepriv‧i‧lege /ˈprɪvəlɪdʒ/ noun1[countable] a special advantage given to a small group of people, organizations, countries etcThe newtrade privileges will enhance Vienna’s effort to attract US companies.The Treasury will allow dealers to bid on government securities, a privilege previously restricted to only 39 firms.2[countable, uncountable]LAW a right in law that protects a person, for example by not forcing them to discuss something, or allowing them freedom to say things that would not normally be acceptable SYN IMMUNITYMs. Backiel asserted theattorney-client privilege and refused to discuss the case.Committee members expressed concern that the case could threaten Parliament’s traditional privileges. —privileged adjectiveThe information will remain privileged because it is the result of Westinghouse’s relationship with its lawyers.