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adjective,priv·i·er, priv·i·est.
  1. participating in the knowledge of something private or secret (usually followed by to): Many persons were privy to the plot.

  2. private; assigned to private uses.

  1. belonging or pertaining to some particular person, especially with reference to a sovereign.

  2. secret, concealed, hidden, or secluded.

  3. acting or done in secret.

noun,plural priv·ies.
  1. Law. a person participating directly in or having a derivative interest in a legal transaction.

Origin of privy

1175–1225; Middle English prive<Old French: private (adj.), close friend, private place (noun) <Latin prīvātusprivate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use privy in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for privy


/ (ˈprɪvɪ) /

adjectiveprivier or priviest
  1. (postpositive foll by to) participating in the knowledge of something secret

  2. archaic secret, hidden, etc

  1. archaic of or relating to one person only

nounplural privies
  1. a lavatory, esp an outside one

  2. law a person in privity with another: See privity (def. 1)

Origin of privy

C13: from Old French privé something private, from Latin prīvātus private

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