Privy Definition

prĭvē
privies
adjective
Made a participant in knowledge of something private or secret.
Was privy to classified information.
American Heritage
Private; not public.
Webster's New World
Belonging or proper to a person, such as the British sovereign, in a private rather than official capacity.
American Heritage
Hidden, secret, furtive, etc.
Webster's New World

With knowledge of; party to; let in on.

He was privy to the discussions.
Wiktionary
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noun
privies
A toilet; esp., an outhouse.
Webster's New World
A toilet.
American Heritage
A person who is in privity with another.
Webster's New World
Persons having a mutual interest in the same thing or who are connected by some relation other than contract.
Webster's New World Law

(law) A partaker; one having an interest in an action, contract, etc. to which he is not himself a party.

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idiom
privy to
  • privately informed about
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Privy

Noun

Singular:
privy
Plural:
privies

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Privy

  • privy to

Origin of Privy

  • Middle English prive from Old French from Latin prīvātus private from prīvus single, alone per1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Old French privé (“private"), from Latin privatus (“deprived"). More at private

    From Wiktionary

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