Definition of priviligentsia in US English:

priviligentsia

(also privilegentsia)

noun

  • 1Politics. In the Soviet Union and other communist countries: a class of approved intellectuals and Party bureaucrats enjoying certain social and economic privileges over ordinary citizens; compare "nomenklatura", partocracy. Now historical.

  • 2In extended use: a class or group of any society regarded as enjoying or promoting privileged status.

Origin

1950s; earliest use found in The Syracuse Herald-Journal. Blend of privilege and intelligentsia.

Pronunciation

priviligentsia

/ˌprɪv(ɪ)lɪˈdʒɛnsɪə/