[ priv-ee ]
/ ˈprɪv i /

adjective, priv·i·er, priv·i·est.

noun, plural priv·ies.

Law. a person participating directly in or having a derivative interest in a legal transaction.

Nearby words

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

Origin of privy

1175–1225; Middle English prive < Old French: private (adj.), close friend, private place (noun) < Latin prīvātus private Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for privy


/ (ˈprɪvɪ) /

adjective privier or priviest

(postpositive foll by to) participating in the knowledge of something secret
archaic secret, hidden, etc
archaic of or relating to one person only

noun plural privies

a lavatory, esp an outside one
law a person in privity with anotherSee privity (def. 1)

Word Origin for privy

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

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