adjective, priv·i·er, priv·i·est.
noun, plural priv·ies.
- privileged altar,
- privileged site,
- privy chamber,
- privy coat,
- privy council,
- privy purse,
- privy seal
Origin of privy
Examples from the Web for privy
Pinsky was also privy to payouts for his celebrity, accepting a lucrative consulting gig with Janssen Pharmaceutica.
I'm just an average citizen not privy to that kind of information.Reader Poll Results: Do you Care That the NSA Is Spying on You?|The Daily Beast|June 8, 2013|DAILY BEAST
He believes he is privy to information not reflected in polls.
We have reason to believe he was privy to this report before it was released.Pakistan: Judges Rebuke Haqqani in Memogate Scandal|Fasih Ahmed, Shehrbano Taseer|June 13, 2012|DAILY BEAST
If they were privy to inside information about revenues looking weak, is that a problem?7 Things to Know About Facebook’s Investor Scandal|Dan Lyons|May 23, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The assembly was composed of the Governor, the privy counsellors and the burgesses.
In Austria the title Exzellenz belongs properly to privy councillors.
This treaty of marriage was detected in February, 1609, and the parties summoned before the privy council.Curiosities of Literature, Vol. II (of 3)|Isaac Disraeli
For this purpose the judicial committee of the privy council was created in 1833.
His name is mentioned in the Chinese Annals of 1277 as a newly-appointed commissioner of the privy council.The Discovery of America Vol. 1 (of 2)|John Fiske.
adjective privier or priviest
noun plural privies
Word Origin for privy
"private," early 13c., from Old French privé "friendly, intimate; a private place," from Latin privatus "private, personal" (see private (adj.)). Meaning "participating in (a secret)" (usually with to) is attested from late 14c. Related: Privily. Privy Council is from c.1300 in a general sense; specifically of the British government, first attested late 14c., as consaile priue. Privy member "organ of sex" is from late 13c.
"toilet," c.1200, from Old French privé, privee "latrine," literally "private place," from noun use of adjective privé (see privy (adj.)).