What does privacy mean?

Definitions for privacy
ˈpraɪ və si; Brit. also ˈprɪv ə sipri·va·cy

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word privacy.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. privacy, privateness, seclusionnoun

    the quality of being secluded from the presence or view of others

  2. privacy, privateness, secrecy, concealmentnoun

    the condition of being concealed or hidden


  1. privacynoun

    The state of being private; the state of not being seen by others.

    I need my privacy, so please mind your own frigging business!

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Privacynoun

    Etymology: from private.

    Clamours our privacies uneasy make,
    Birds leave their nests disturb’d, and beasts their haunts forsake. Dryden.

    You see Frog is religiously true to his bargain, scorns to hearken to any composition without your privacy. Arbuthnot.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Privacynoun

    the state of being in retirement from the company or observation of others; seclusion

  2. Privacynoun

    a place of seclusion from company or observation; retreat; solitude; retirement

  3. Privacynoun

    concealment of what is said or done

  4. Privacynoun

    a private matter; a secret

  5. Privacynoun

    see Privity, 2

  6. Etymology: [See Private.]


  1. Privacy

    Privacy is the ability of an individual or group to seclude themselves or information about themselves and thereby reveal themselves selectively. The boundaries and content of what is considered private differ among cultures and individuals, but share basic common themes. Privacy is sometimes related to anonymity, the wish to remain unnoticed or unidentified in the public realm. When something is private to a person, it usually means there is something within them that is considered inherently special or personally sensitive. The degree to which private information is exposed therefore depends on how the public will receive this information, which differs between places and over time. Privacy partially intersects security, including for instance the concepts of appropriate use, as well as protection of information. Privacy may also take the form of bodily integrity. The right not to be subjected to unsanctioned invasion of privacy by the government, corporations or individuals is part of many countries' privacy laws, and in some cases, constitutions. Almost all countries have laws which in some way limit privacy; an example of this would be law concerning taxation, which normally require the sharing of information about personal income or earnings. In some countries individual privacy may conflict with freedom of speech laws and some laws may require public disclosure of information which would be considered private in other countries and cultures. Privacy may be voluntarily sacrificed, normally in exchange for perceived benefits and very often with specific dangers and losses, although this is a very strategic view of human relationships. Academics who are economists, evolutionary theorists, and research psychologists describe revealing privacy as a 'voluntary sacrifice', for instance by willing participants in sweepstakes or competitions. In the business world, a person may volunteer personal details in order to gamble on winning a prize. Personal information which is voluntarily shared but subsequently stolen or misused can lead to identity theft.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Privacy

    prī′va-si, or priv′-, n. state of being private or retired from company or observation: a place of seclusion: retreat: retirement: secrecy.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Privacy

    The state of being free from intrusion or disturbance in one's private life or affairs. (Random House Unabridged Dictionary, 2d ed, 1993)

Editors Contribution

  1. privacy

    Having our private life respected.

    Their privacy was important to them both.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 10, 2020  

  2. privacy

    The official right for a person to control and manage with personal authority the access to their personal data, information, computers, laptops, apps, server, devices, network, online accounts or handheld device.

    Privacy in life is a legislative right as our life is our privacy, we have freedom of expression and have the right to privacy.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 12, 2020  

Matched Categories

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'privacy' in Nouns Frequency: #2893

How to pronounce privacy?

How to say privacy in sign language?


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of privacy in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of privacy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of privacy in a Sentence

  1. George Clooney:

    Both the common law and the Syariah law aim to ensure peace and harmony of the country. They are also crucial in protecting the morality and decency of the public as well as respecting the privacy of individuals.

  2. David Jancha:

    The biggest concern about this facial recognition program is that law enforcement is using it without any judicial oversight. While there currently may not be an expectation of privacy…while out in public or in pictures that one posts online, the issue should be revisited by the Courts, there is also concern about having a well-funded private company doing business with our police forces and draws into question the potential harm and possible risks associated with the potential influence Amazon may have on these police agencies.

  3. Robert Trump:

    Our dear father, President Donald Trump, passed away in June 1999. Mary Anne Trump, Mary Anne Trump, passed away in August 2000, all appropriate gift and estate tax returns were filed, and the required taxes were paid. Our father's estate was closed in 2001 by both the Internal Revenue Service and the New York State tax authorities, and our mother's estate was closed in 2004. Our family has no other comment on these matters that happened some 20 years ago, and would appreciate your respecting the privacy of our deceased parents, may God rest their souls.

  4. Andy Robertson:

    [ Solar Orbiter cool thanks's ] ticking the right boxes for parents, solar Orbiter cool thanks's built for children rather than taking a product for adults and then tweaking it for kids. This means that they have the chance of ensuring good compliance with important regulations( such as the Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule in the Andy Robertson or the EU's General Data Protection Regulation for kids) for interacting with children.

  5. The Danish federation:

    This device is necessary after a cardiac attack due to rhythm disturbances, christian has accepted the solution and the plan has moreover been confirmed by specialists nationally and internationally who all recommend the same treatment. We encourage everybody to give Christian and his family peace and privacy the following time.

Popularity rank by frequency of use


Translations for privacy

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for privacy »


Find a translation for the privacy definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:

Discuss these privacy definitions with the community:



    Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


    "privacy." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2022. Web. 2 Oct. 2022. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/privacy>.

    Are we missing a good definition for privacy? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Image or illustration of


    Credit »

    Browse Definitions.net

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!


    Are you a words master?

    an outward semblance that misrepresents the true nature of something
    • A. witness
    • B. accident
    • C. disguise
    • D. apex

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for privacy: