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privy

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adjective \ˈpri-vē\

Definition of privy

  1. 1a :  private, withdrawnb :  secret

  2. 2 :  belonging or relating to a person in one's individual rather than official capacity

  3. 3 :  admitted as one sharing in a secret privy to the conspiracy

privily

play \-və-lē\ adverb

Examples of privy in a Sentence

  1. … there were no secrets in the little village to which he was not privy. —Sidney Sheldon, The Sands of Time, 1988

  2. 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

  3. … 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

  4. privy information on the current state of the peace negotiations

  5. privy meetings between high-level representatives from both sides for the purpose of bringing about an armistice

Origin and Etymology of privy

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


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privy

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noun \ˈpri-vē\

Definition of privy

plural

privies

  1. 1a :  a small building having a bench with holes through which the user may defecate or urinateb :  toilet 1a

  2. 2 :  a person having a legal interest of privity

Origin and Etymology of privy

see 1privy



PRIVY Defined for English Language Learners

privy

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noun

Definition of privy for English Language Learners

  • : a small outdoor building that is used as a toilet


PRIVY Defined for Kids

privy

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noun \ˈpri-vē\

Definition of privy for Students

plural

privies

  1. :  a small building without plumbing used as a toilet


Law Dictionary

privy

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noun \ˈpri-vē\

Legal Definition of privy

plural

privies

  1. :  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

Origin and Etymology of privy

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



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