AskDefine | Define privy

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privy adj
1 hidden from general view or use; "a privy place to rest and think"; "a secluded romantic spot"; "a secret garden" [syn: secluded, secret]
2 (followed by `to') informed about something secret or not generally known; "privy to the details of the conspiracy" [syn: privy(p)]


1 a room equipped with toilet facilities [syn: toilet, lavatory, lav, can, john, bathroom]
2 a small outbuilding with a bench having holes through which a user can defecate [syn: outhouse, earth-closet, jakes] [also: priviest, privier]

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See private




  1. (old use except in law) private; secret; exclusive
    The king retreated to his privy chamber.
  2. with knowledge of; party to; let in on
    He was privy to the discussions.


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