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noun     privilege pronunciation in British English
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  1. 1
    [countable] a special benefit that is available only to a particular person or group

    Cheap air travel is one of the privileges of working for the airline.

    1. a.
      something nice that you feel lucky to have

      It’s been a privilege to be involved in such an interesting project.

    2. b.
      something that only a particular type of person is allowed to do

      He was exercising the privileges of an old man to be as rude as he liked.

  2. 2
    [uncountable] a way of life that involves having many advantages and opportunities, without working hard for them

    a life of privilege

  3. 3
    [uncountable] legal a situation in which lawyers, doctors, and other professional people are legally allowed to keep their discussions with people secret

    doctor-patient privilege

  4. 4
    [uncountable] legal a situation in which statements made in a court of law or parliament cannot be held to be defamatory


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