adjective \ˈpri-vē\

Definition of PRIVY

a :  private, withdrawn
b :  secret
:  belonging or relating to a person in one's individual rather than official capacity
:  admitted as one sharing in a secret <privy to the conspiracy>
priv·i·ly \-və-lē\ adverb

Examples of PRIVY

  1. <privy information on the current state of the peace negotiations>
  2. <privy meetings between high-level representatives from both sides for the purpose of bringing about an armistice>
  3. … there were no secrets in the little village to which he was not privy. —Sidney Sheldon, The Sands of Time, 1988

Origin of PRIVY

Middle English prive, from Anglo-French privé, from Latin privatus private
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with PRIVY


noun \ˈpri-vē\

: a small outdoor building that is used as a toilet

plural priv·ies

Full Definition of PRIVY

a :  a small building having a bench with holes through which the user may defecate or urinate
b :  toilet 3b
:  a person having a legal interest of privity

Origin of PRIVY

(see 1privy)
First Known Use: 14th century
PRIVY Defined for Kids


noun \ˈpri-vē\
plural priv·ies

Definition of PRIVY for Kids

:  a small building without plumbing used as a toilet
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