What does Privy mean?

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ˈprɪv iPrivy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. toilet, lavatory, lav, can, john, privy, bathroomnoun

    a room or building equipped with one or more toilets

  2. outhouse, privy, earth-closet, jakesadjective

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

  3. privy, secluded, secretadjective

    hidden from general view or use

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

  4. privy(p)adjective

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

    "privy to the details of the conspiracy"


  1. Privynoun

    A necessary house or place for performing excretory functions in private; an outhouse; a backhouse.


  1. privynoun

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

    Etymology: privé, from privatus. More at private

  2. privynoun

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

    Etymology: privé, from privatus. More at private

  3. privyadjective

    Private, exclusive; that is one's own.

    The king retreated to his privy chamber.

    Etymology: privé, from privatus. More at private

  4. privyadjective

    Secret, hidden, concealed.

    Etymology: privé, from privatus. More at private

  5. privyadjective

    With knowledge of; party to; let in on.

    He was privy to the discussions.

    Etymology: privé, from privatus. More at private

Webster Dictionary

  1. Privyadjective

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

    Etymology: [F. priv, fr. L. privatus. See Private.]

  2. Privyadjective

    secret; clandestine

    Etymology: [F. priv, fr. L. privatus. See Private.]

  3. Privyadjective

    appropriated to retirement; private; not open to the public

    Etymology: [F. priv, fr. L. privatus. See Private.]

  4. Privyadjective

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

    Etymology: [F. priv, fr. L. privatus. See Private.]

  5. Privynoun

    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

    Etymology: [F. priv, fr. L. privatus. See Private.]

  6. Privynoun

    a necessary house or place; a backhouse

    Etymology: [F. priv, fr. L. privatus. See Private.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Privy

    priv′i, adj. private: pertaining to one person: for private uses: secret: appropriated to retirement: admitted to the knowledge of something secret.—n. (law) a person having an interest in an action: a necessary house.—adv. Priv′ily, privately: secretly.—ns. Priv′ity, secrecy: something kept private: knowledge, shared with another, of something private or confidential: knowledge implying concurrence: relation between different interests, as, for example, in feudal tenure the interests of several persons in the same land, the mutual relationships of contractor and contractee, the relation caused by common knowledge in breaches of contract: (obs.) seclusion, intimacy; Priv′y-cham′ber, private apartment in a royal residence; Priv′y-coun′cil, the private council of a sovereign to advise in the administration of government; Priv′y-coun′cillor, a member of the privy-council; Priv′y-purse, the purse or money for the private or personal use of the sovereign; Priv′y-seal, -sig′net, the seal used by or for the king in subordinate matters, or those which are not to pass the great seal; Priv′y-ver′dict, a verdict given to a judge out of court.—Gentlemen ushers of the privy-chamber, four officials in the royal household who attend certain court ceremonies. [Fr. privé—L. privatus, private.]


  1. Privy

    Privy is an invitation-only private global network and online/mobile travel platform that enables a select group of key transpacific influencers to coordinate roving itineraries and share city insider tips in a trusted and filtered environment. Privy provides a unique opportunity for luxury/hospitality brands to connect at the point-of-sale to a hyper-targeted affluent set of key influencers who are already sharing travel plans and lifestyle reviews.

Etymology and Origins

  1. Privy

    See “Petty.”

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Privy in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Privy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of Privy in a Sentence

  1. Guhan Subramanian:

    With the caveat that I have not been privy to these negotiations, I find the rejection of the settlement by the Xerox board to be extraordinary and highly unusual.

  2. Francis Beaumont:

    All confidence which is not absolute and entire, is dangerous. There are few occasions but where a man ought either to say all, or conceal all; for, how little so ever you have revealed of your secret to a friend, you have already said too much if you think it not safe to make him privy to all particulars.

  3. Heather Stewart:

    Suggestion from more than one source of a Privy Council meeting at Balmoral today, to discuss/agree extending the conference recess until 14 October.

  4. Steve Carell:

    There was a level of fraud on a national scale that people were not privy to that could happen again tomorrow, i think it's a cautionary tale and I hope it starts conversations about how to change things and to avoid it happening again because it could be far worse next time.

  5. Joseph Votel:

    I'm not privy to any kind of grand bargain discussion or anything like that.

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  • كنيف, سري, خاصArabic
  • geheim, Klo, eingeweiht, AbortGerman
  • retreteSpanish
  • مزینPersian
  • perillä, ulkovessa, ulkokäymälä, salainen, tietoinen, yksityinen, puucee, käymäläFinnish
  • privé, complice, unique, instruit, exclusifFrench
  • gabinettoItalian
  • פרטיHebrew
  • 秘密Japanese
  • consciumLatin
  • torohē, turumaMāori
  • utedoNorwegian
  • exclusief, privé, medeplichtig, uniek, ingeweidDutch
  • utedoNorwegian Nynorsk
  • latryna, sławojka, wygódka, wychodekPolish
  • banheiro, confidencial, privado, particular, exclusivo, privativoPortuguese
  • личный, частный, приватный, посвящённый, отхожее место, уборная, осведомлённыйRussian
  • utedass, invigd, dassSwedish
  • privyYiddish

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    one of four connected cavities in the brain; is continuous with the central canal of the spinal cord and contains cerebrospinal fluid
    • A. tithe
    • B. subrogation
    • C. sundog
    • D. ventricle

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