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privy

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adjective \ˈpri-vē\

Definition of privy

  1. 1 a :  private, withdrawn b :  secret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


First Known Use: 14th century


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privy

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noun \ˈpri-vē\

Definition of privy

plural

privies

  1. 1 a :  a small building having a bench with holes through which the user may defecate or urinate b :  toilet 3b

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

Origin and Etymology of privy

(see 1privy)


First Known Use: 14th century



PRIVY Defined for English Language Learners


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privy

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noun \ˈpri-vē\

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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