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privy

adjective \ ˈpri-vē \
Updated on: 16 Dec 2017

Definition of privy

b : secret
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

privily

play \ˈpri-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 SheldonThe Sands of Time1988
  2. Halberstam and I and the other correspondents would have felt less beleaguered had we been privy to the secret debate in Washington. —Neil SheehanA Bright Shining Lie1988
  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 Lincolnletter13 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

Recent Examples of privy from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of privy

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


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privy

noun \ ˈpri-vē \

Definition of privy

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

Recent Examples of privy from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of privy

see 1privy



PRIVY Defined for English Language Learners

privy

noun

Definition of privy for English Language Learners

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


PRIVY Defined for Kids

privy

noun \ ˈpri-vē \

Definition of privy for Students

plural privies
: a small building without plumbing used as a toilet

Law Dictionary

privy

noun \ ˈpri-vē \

legal Definition of privy

plural privies
: 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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