privy

adjective
\ ˈpri-vē How to pronounce privy (audio) \

Definition of privy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

2 : belonging or relating to a person in one's individual rather than official capacity
3 : admitted as one sharing in a secret privy to the conspiracy

privy

noun
\ ˈpri-vē How to pronounce privy (audio) \
plural privies

Definition of privy (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a room or small building having a bench with holes through which the user may defecate or urinate
2 : a person having a legal interest of privity

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Other Words from privy

Adjective

privily \ ˈpri-​və-​lē How to pronounce privy (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for privy

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of privy in a Sentence

Adjective … there were no secrets in the little village to which he was not privy. — Sidney Sheldon, The Sands of Time, 1988 Halberstam and I and the other correspondents would have felt less beleaguered had we been privy to the secret debate in Washington. — Neil Sheehan, A Bright Shining Lie, 1988 … to assure you that I am neither privy to, nor cognizant of, any such clique; and that I most potently disbelieve in the existence of any such. — Abraham Lincoln, letter, 13 Oct. 1849 privy information on the current state of the peace negotiations privy meetings between high-level representatives from both sides for the purpose of bringing about an armistice
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Because of their dominant market positions, these technology companies are increasingly privy to vast amounts of data that is often useful in investigating, detecting and removing malicious cyber adversaries. Robert Mcmillan, WSJ, "Amazon’s Lack of Public Disclosure on SolarWinds Hack Angers Lawmakers," 25 Feb. 2021 That timeline may actually get expedited, even if the public won’t be privy to what’s happening. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah football safety R.J. Hubert being healthy solves one secondary question, but there are more to deal with," 14 Oct. 2020 Along the way, police leaders were privy to an ever-growing list of complaints against McCormack, signs that his harsh tactics and heated temperament were pushing the limits. ProPublica, "Over a Dozen Black and Latino Men Accused a Cop of Humiliating, Invasive Strip Searches. The NYPD Kept Promoting Him.," 10 Sep. 2020 Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame, none of his co-workers had been privy to his deteriorating health condition. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "The Marvel Cinematic Universe Pays Tribute To Its King, Chadwick Boseman," 31 Aug. 2020 As the 40-ish weeks of pregnancy pass, as active labour leads to delivery, and as those early days as a new parent meld groggily into one another, we’re made privy to some of life’s rawest moments. Sandy Jorgenson, refinery29.com, "I Was Diagnosed With Cancer During My 4th Trimester," 19 May 2020 Nissan Warns of Losses, Delays Earnings Report Due to Pandemic The plans still need to be reviewed by Nissan’s board and may change, people privy to deliberations around the restructuring plan said. Reed Stevenson, Bloomberg.com, "Nissan Said to Plan $2.8 Billion in Cost Cuts, Book Charges," 18 May 2020 On the Ridge, Jamie, Fergus, Keziah, and Josiah are digging a privy when there is an explosion in the distance. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Outlander recap: Every time we say goodbye...," 4 May 2020 The novel is also generally agreed to be Austen's finest technical achievement in the use of free-indirect discourse—the narrator's sly method for making readers privy to a character's inner monologue. Ted Scheinman, Smithsonian Magazine, "What Autumn de Wilde’s ‘Emma’ Gets Right About Jane Austen’s Irony," 5 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The payout to the artist is then subject to the deal that the artist has with label, which Spotify (or any other streaming platform for that matter) isn’t privy to. Bobby Owsinski, Forbes, "Spotify Justifies Its Payouts With Loud&Clear," 21 Mar. 2021 Trump’s privy councillor and son-in-law Jared Kushner revealed to the Washington Post’s Bob Woodward the four texts required to make sense of Trump. Fortune, "Trump focused too much on fraud—and it might have cost him the election," 23 Dec. 2020 Another official, who was privy to Azar’s regular phone calls with Redfield, said the low-key CDC director consistently defended the agency’s approach with the test kits. David Willman, Anchorage Daily News, "The CDC’s failed race to roll out a virus test," 26 Dec. 2020 The source asked not to be named because so few people have been privy to Austin’s early discussions. Abraham Mahshie, Washington Examiner, "Liberals fear DOD nominee Gen. Lloyd Austin will place military in civilian roles," 14 Dec. 2020 Given their status, reviewers are privy to moments of birding vulnerability, such as when birders make identification mistakes. Jessie Williamson, Outside Online, "How eBird Changed Birding Forever," 4 Dec. 2020 But despite being privy to the best of the best, the two friends and colleagues were never able to find the perfect pair of boots. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Two Former British Vogue Editors are Bringing Their Keith Richards-Inspired Boot Label Stateside," 1 Dec. 2020 Some of Biden's current team of advisers on national security and foreign policy have held security clearances in their past jobs, but are not privy to real-time intelligence now. Steve Peoples, Star Tribune, "Biden's DIY transition proceeds without Trump assistance," 17 Nov. 2020 It’s sometimes difficult to judge offensive line play, because outsiders aren’t privy to the play call or assignments. Kent Somers, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona Cardinals line sets the table for offensive success," 30 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of privy

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for privy

Adjective and Noun

Middle English prive, from Anglo-French privé, from Latin privatus private

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The first known use of privy was in the 14th century

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“Privy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/privy. Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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More Definitions for privy

privy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of privy

old-fashioned : a small outdoor building that is used as a toilet

privy

noun
\ ˈpri-vē How to pronounce privy (audio) \
plural privies

Kids Definition of privy

: a small building without plumbing used as a toilet

privy

noun
\ ˈpri-vē How to pronounce privy (audio) \
plural privies

Legal Definition of privy

: one having privity especially : one who acquires an interest in the subject matter (as property) of prior or pending litigation and is bound by the judgment as if he or she were a party to the action

History and Etymology for privy

Anglo-French privé, from Old French, intimate, confidant, from privé intimate, familiar, from Latin privatus private

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