What does privy mean?

Definitions for privy
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.

  2. privynoun

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

  3. privyadjective

    Private, exclusive; that is one's own.

    The king retreated to his privy chamber.

  4. privyadjective

    Secret, hidden, concealed.

  5. privyadjective

    With knowledge of; party to; let in on.

    He was privy to the discussions.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. PRIVYadjective

    Etymology: prive, Fr.

    The party, ’gainst the which he doth contrive,
    Shall seize on half his goods; the other half
    Comes to the privy coffer of the state. William Shakespeare.

    He took advantage of the night for such privy attempts, insomuch that the bruit of his manliness was spread every where. 2 Mac. viii. 7.

    The sword of the great men that are slain entereth into their privy chamber. Ezek. xxi. 14.

    The king has made him
    One of the privy council. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    One, having let his beard grow from the martyrdom of king Charles I. till the restoration, desired to be made a privy counsellor. Spectator, №. 629.

    Sir Valentine
    This night intends to steal away your daughter;
    Myself am one made privy to the plot. William Shakespeare.

    Many being privy to the fact,
    How hard is it to keep it unbetray’d? Daniel.

    He would rather lose half of his kingdom, than be privy to such a secret, which he commanded me never to mention. Gulliver’s Travels.

  2. Privynoun

    Place of retirement; necessary house.

    Your fancy
    Would still the same ideas give ye,
    As when you spy’d her on the privy. Jonathan Swift.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Privyadjective

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

  2. Privyadjective

    secret; clandestine

  3. Privyadjective

    appropriated to retirement; private; not open to the public

  4. Privyadjective

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

  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

  6. Privynoun

    a necessary house or place; a backhouse

  7. 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. 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.

  2. Malaysian Transport Minister Anthony Loke:

    I'm not privy to whatever details that may not have been revealed, but as minister, I am committed to releasing all details to the public.

  3. Attorney Clark Brewster:

    Weve been fully cooperative and transparent, and obviously Im not privy to the (Jones Day) report that was generated based on their interviews and investigation, but Im confident that President Boren was not engaging in any inappropriate conduct.

  4. Armand Balilo:

    We want to peacefully resolve our overlapping exclusive economic zone claims to avoid further friction which may result in an accident, there are ongoing backroom talks to come to an agreement but I am not privy to these talks.

  5. Alexander Lukashenko:

    He and I haven't only met as heads of state, we're on friendly terms, i'm absolutely privy to all his details, as far as possible, both state and personal.

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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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