privilege etymology

English word privilege comes from Old French privilege (Privilege (benefit only given to certain people).), Anglo-Norman privilege

Detailed word origin of privilege

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
privilege Old French (fro) Privilege (benefit only given to certain people).
privilege Anglo-Norman (xno)
privilege Middle English (enm)
privilege English (eng) (computing) An ability to perform an action on the system that can be selectively granted or denied to users; permission.. (countable) A particular benefit, advantage, or favor; a right or immunity enjoyed by some but not others; a prerogative, preferential treatment. [from 10th c.]. (countable, US, finance, now, rare) A stock market option. [from 19th c.]. (ecclesiastical law, now, chiefly, [...]