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Meaning of PRIVY

Pronunciation:  'privee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a small outbuilding with a bench having holes through which a user can defecate
  2. [n]  a room equipped with toilet facilities
  3. [adj]  hidden from general view or use; "a privy place to rest and think"; "a secluded romantic spot"; "a secret garden"

PRIVY is a 5 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: bathroom, can, earth-closet, jakes, john, lav, lavatory, outhouse, private, secluded, secret, toilet
 See Also: closet, comfort station, commode, convenience, crapper, head, loo, outbuilding, pot, potty, public convenience, public lavatory, public toilet, restroom, room, stool, throne, toilet facility, W.C., wash room, washroom, water closet



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Priv"y\, a. [F. priv['e], fr. L. privatus. See
    1. Of or pertaining to some person exclusively; assigned to
       private uses; not public; private; as, the privy purse. ``
       Privee knights and squires.'' --Chaucer.
    2. Secret; clandestine. `` A privee thief.'' --Chaucer.
    3. Appropriated to retirement; private; not open to the
       public. `` Privy chambers.'' --Ezek. xxi. 14.
    4. Admitted to knowledge of a secret transaction; secretly
       cognizant; privately knowing.
             His wife also being privy to it.      --Acts v. 2.
             Myself am one made privy to the plot. --Shak.
    {Privy chamber}, a private apartment in a royal residence.
    {Privy council} (Eng. Law), the principal council of the
       sovereign, composed of the cabinet ministers and other
       persons chosen by the king or queen. --Burrill.
    {Privy councilor}, a member of the privy council.
    {Privy purse}, moneys set apart for the personal use of the
       monarch; also, the title of the person having charge of
       these moneys. [Eng.] --Macaulay.
    {Privy seal} or {signed}, the seal which the king uses in
       grants, etc., which are to pass the great seal, or which
       the uses in matters of subordinate consequence which do
       not require the great seal; also, elliptically, the
       principal secretary of state, or person intrusted with the
       privy seal. [Eng.]
    {Privy verdict}, a verdict given privily to the judge out of
       court; -- now disused. --Burrill.
  2. \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 himself a
       party. The term, in its proper sense, is distinguished
       from party. --Burrill. Wharton.
    2. A necessary house or place; a backhouse.