[ priv-i-tee ]
/ ˈprɪv ɪ ti /

noun, plural priv·i·ties.

private or secret knowledge.
participation in the knowledge of something private or secret, especially as implying concurrence or consent.
Law. the relation between privies.
Obsolete. privacy.

Nearby words

  1. privilege,
  2. privileged,
  3. privileged altar,
  4. privileged site,
  5. privily,
  6. privy,
  7. privy chamber,
  8. privy coat,
  9. privy council,
  10. privy purse

Origin of privity

1175–1225; Middle English privete, privite < Old French. See privy, -ity

Related formsnon·priv·i·ty, noun, plural non·priv·i·ties. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for privity


/ (ˈprɪvɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

a legally recognized relationship existing between two parties, such as that between lessor and lessee and between the parties to a contractprivity of estate; privity of contract
secret knowledge that is shared

Word Origin for privity

C13: from Old French priveté

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Word Origin and History for privity



early 13c., from Old French privité, priveté "privacy; a secret, private matter" (c.1200), from prive "private," from Latin privus (see private (adj.)).

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