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privilege

noun uk   /ˈprɪv.əl.ɪdʒ/ us  
C1 [C or U] an advantage that only one person or group of people has, usually because of their position or because they are rich: Healthcare should be a right, not a privilege. Senior management enjoy certain privileges, such as company cars and private healthcare. C1 [S] an opportunity to do something special or enjoyable: I had the privilege of interviewing Picasso in the 1960s. It was a real privilege to meet her. [U] the way in which rich people or people from a high social class have most of the advantages in society: a life of privilege [C or U] specialized law the special right that some people in authority have that allows them to do or say things that other people are not allowed to: diplomatic/parliamentary privilege
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