Definitions for privyˈprɪv i

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

priv•yˈprɪv i(adj.)priv•i•er, priv•i•est

  1. (adj.)participating in the knowledge of something private or secret (usu. fol. by to):

    Many people were privy to the plot.

  2. private; assigned to private uses.

  3. belonging or pertaining to some particular person, esp. a sovereign.

  4. secret, concealed, hidden, or secluded.

  5. acting or done in secret.

  6. Ref: outhouse (def. 1). 1

  7. Law. a person who participates directly in or has an interest in a legal transaction.

    Category: Law

Origin of privy:

1175–1225; ME prive < OF: private (adj.), close friend, private place (n.) < L prīvātusprivate

Princeton's WordNet

  1. toilet, lavatory, lav, can, john, privy, bathroom(noun)

    a room or building equipped with one or more toilets

  2. outhouse, privy, earth-closet, jakes(adj)

    a small outbuilding with a bench having holes through which a user can defecate

  3. privy, secluded, secret(adj)

    hidden from general view or use

    "a privy place to rest and think"; "a secluded romantic spot"; "a secret garden"

  4. privy(p)(adj)

    (followed by `to') informed about something secret or not generally known

    "privy to the details of the conspiracy"


  1. privy(Noun)

    an outdoor toilet; latrine; earth closet; john; johnny house.

  2. privy(Noun)

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

  3. privy(Adjective)

    Private, exclusive; that is one's own.

    The king retreated to his privy chamber.

  4. privy(Adjective)

    Secret, hidden, concealed.

  5. privy(Adjective)

    With knowledge of; party to; let in on.

    He was privy to the discussions.

  6. Origin: privé, from privatus. More at private

Webster Dictionary

  1. Privy(adj)

    of or pertaining to some person exclusively; assigned to private uses; not public; private; as, the privy purse

  2. Privy(adj)

    secret; clandestine

  3. Privy(adj)

    appropriated to retirement; private; not open to the public

  4. Privy(adj)

    admitted to knowledge of a secret transaction; secretly cognizant; privately knowing

  5. Privy(noun)

    a partaker; a person having an interest in any action or thing; one who has an interest in an estate created by another; a person having an interest derived from a contract or conveyance to which he is not himself a party. The term, in its proper sense, is distinguished from party

  6. Privy(noun)

    a necessary house or place; a backhouse


  1. Privy

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Translations for privy

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a group of statesmen appointed as advisers to a king or queen.

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