Privy meaning

prĭvē
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Made a participant in knowledge of something private or secret.

Was privy to classified information.

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Privy means something hidden.

An example of privy is not being aware of the reasons for a decision.

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The definition of a privy is a toilet.

An example of a privy is an outhouse.

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Secret; concealed.
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Belonging or proper to a person, such as the British sovereign, in a private rather than official capacity.
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(now rare, archaic) Secret, hidden, concealed.
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One in privity with another.
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An outdoor toilet; latrine; earth closet; john; johnny house.
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A toilet; esp., an outhouse.
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With knowledge of; party to; let in on.

He was privy to the discussions.

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

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Private; not public.
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Hidden, secret, furtive, etc.
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A person who is in privity with another.
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Persons having a mutual interest in the same thing or who are connected by some relation other than contract.
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(now chiefly historical) Private, exclusive; not public; one's own.

The king retreated to his privy chamber.

The privy purse.

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privy to
  • Privately informed about.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

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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