See also: přivý
- (now chiefly historical) Private, exclusive; not public; one's own. [from early 13th c.]
The king retreated to his privy chamber.
the privy purse
- (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.
- With knowledge of; party to; let in on. [from late 14th c.]
He was privy to the discussions.
with knowledge of; party to; let in on
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privy (plural privies)
- An outdoor facility for urination and defecation, whether open (latrine) or enclosed (outhouse).
- A lavatory: a room with a toilet.
- A toilet: a fixture used for urination and defecation.
- (law) A partaker; one having an interest in an action, contract, etc. to which he is not himself a party.
latrine — see latrine
outhouse — see outhouse
lavatory or toilet — see toilet