Privy

  • 1 Privy — Priv y, a. [F. priv[ e], fr. L. privatus. See {Private}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Of or pertaining to some person exclusively; assigned to private uses; not public; private; as, the privy purse. Privee knights and squires. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 2.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 privy — / pri vē/ n pl priv·ies [Anglo French privé, from Old French, intimate, confidant, from privé intimate, familiar, from Latin privatus private]: one having privity; esp: one who acquires an interest in the subject matter (as property) of prior or… …

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  • 3 Privy — may refer to: * Privy council * Privy purse * outhouse * Privity …

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  • 4 privy — [priv′ē] adj. [ME < OFr prive < L privatus, PRIVATE] 1. Obs. private; not public: now only in such phrases as PRIVY COUNCIL 2. Archaic hidden, secret, furtive, etc. n. pl. privies 1. a toilet; esp., an outhouse …

    English World dictionary

  • 5 privy to — allowed to know about (something secret) I wasn t privy to their plans. [=I didn t know about their plans] • • • Main Entry: ↑privy …

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  • 6 privy — [adj1] secret buried, concealed, confidential, covert, hidden, hush hush*, obscured, off the record*, personal, private, separate, shrouded, ulterior; concepts 267,576 Ant. known, public, revealed privy [adj2] aware acquainted, apprised,… …

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  • 7 privy — ► ADJECTIVE (privy to) ▪ sharing in the knowledge of (something secret). ► NOUN (pl. privies) ▪ a toilet in a small shed outside a house. DERIVATIVES privily adverb. ORIGIN Old French prive private , also private place , from Latin priva …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 Privy — Priv y, n.; pl. {Privies}. 1. (Law) A partaker; a person having an interest in any action or thing; one who has an interest in an estate created by another; a person having an interest derived from a contract or conveyance to which he is not… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 9 privy to — index familiar (informed) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 10 privy — A person who is in privity with another. One who is a partaker or has any part or interest in any action, matter, or thing. In connection with the doctrine of res judicata, one who, after the commencement of the action, has acquired an interest… …

    Black's law dictionary

  • 11 privy — {{11}}privy (adj.) private, early 13c., from O.Fr. privé, from L. privatus (see PRIVATE (Cf. private)). Meaning participating in a secret (usually with to) is attested from late 14c. Privy Council is from c.1300 in a general sense; specifically… …

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  • 12 privy — adj. & n. adj. 1 (foll. by to) sharing in the secret of (a person s plans etc.). 2 archaic hidden, secret. n. (pl. ies) 1 US or archaic a lavatory. 2 Law a person having a part or interest in any action, matter, or thing. Phrases and idioms:… …

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  • 13 privy — priv|y1 [ˈprıvi] adj 1.) be privy to sth sharing in the knowledge of facts that are secret ▪ Colby was privy to the committee s decisions. 2.) old use secret and private >privily adv privy 2 privy2 plural privies …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 privy — [[t]prɪ̱vi[/t]] privies 1) ADJ: v link ADJ to n If you are privy to something secret, you have been allowed to know about it. [FORMAL] Only three people, including a policeman, will be privy to the facts. 2) N COUNT A privy is a toilet,… …

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  • 15 privy —    a lavatory    Again from the privacy:     Hadjimoscos, sick in a privy, had spewed out his false teeth. (Manning, I960)    A privy stool was a lavatory seat and bucket:     ... chairs and privy stools necessary for a royal visit. (Monsarrat,… …

    How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • 16 privy — I UK [ˈprɪvɪ] / US adjective privy to something II UK [ˈprɪvɪ] / US noun [countable] Word forms privy : singular privy plural privies old fashioned a toilet in a separate small building next to a house …

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  • 17 privy — 1. adjective /ˈpɹɪ.vi/ a) Private, exclusive; that is ones own. The king retreated to his privy chamber. b) Secret, hidden, concealed. Nonetheless, in the dark and privy stillness of our minds there are few of us who are not still haunted by… …

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  • 18 privy — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. personal, secret; privy to, apprised of, informed of, posted on, in on, on to (inf.), wise to (inf.). See concealment, speciality. Ant., public, impersonal. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. confidential …

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  • 19 privy — 1 adjective 1 privy to sharing in the knowledge of facts that are secret: Colby was privy to the committee s decisions. 2 old use secret and private privily adverb 2 noun (C) old use a toilet, especially one outside a house …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 20 privy — 1. adjective he was not privy to the discussions Syn: in the know about, acquainted with, in on, informed of, advised of, apprised of; informal wise to; formal cognizant of 2. noun, dated he went out to the privy See bathroom …

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