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From Middle English pryvy, prive, from Old French privé (private), from Latin prīvātus (deprived), perfect passive participle of prīvō (I bereave, deprive; I free, release). Doublet of private.


  • IPA(key): /ˈpɹɪv.i/
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privy (comparative more privy, superlative most privy)

  1. (now chiefly historical) Private, exclusive; not public; one's own. [from early 13th c.]
    The king retreated to his privy chamber.
    the privy purse
  2. (now rare, archaic) Secret, hidden, concealed.
    • 1967, William Styron, The Confessions of Nat Turner, Vintage, published 2004, page 82:
      Nonetheless, in the dark and privy stillness of our minds there are few of us who are not still haunted by worrisome doubts.
  3. With knowledge of; party to; let in on. [from late 14th c.]
    He was privy to the discussions.

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privy (plural privies)

  1. An outdoor facility for urination and defecation, whether open (latrine) or enclosed (outhouse).
  2. A lavatory: a room with a toilet.
  3. A toilet: a fixture used for urination and defecation.
  4. (law) A partaker; one having an interest in an action, contract, etc. to which he is not himself a party.


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