• WordNet 3.6
    • adj privy (followed by `to') informed about something secret or not generally known "privy to the details of the conspiracy"
    • adj privy hidden from general view or use "a privy place to rest and think","a secluded romantic spot","a secret garden"
    • n privy a small outbuilding with a bench having holes through which a user can defecate
    • n privy a room or building equipped with one or more toilets
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Privy A necessary house or place for performing excretory functions in private; an outhouse; a backhouse.
    • Privy (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.
    • Privy Admitted to knowledge of a secret transaction; secretly cognizant; privately knowing. "His wife also being privy to it.""Myself am one made privy to the plot."
    • Privy Appropriated to retirement; private; not open to the public. "Privy chambers."
    • Privy Of or pertaining to some person exclusively; assigned to private uses; not public; private; as, the privy purse. "Privee knights and squires."
    • Privy Secret; clandestine. "A privee thief."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • privy Private; pertaining to some person exclusively; assigned to private uses; not public: as, the privy purse.
    • privy Secret; not seen openly; not made known in public.
    • privy Private; appropriated to retirement; sequestered; retired.
    • privy Privately knowing; admitted to the participation with another in knowledge of a secret transaction: generally with to.
    • privy Intimate; familiar; on confidential terms; well known.
    • privy Cognizant (of), acquainted (with).
    • n privy In law, one standing in a relation of privily to another. See privity, 7. A partaker: a person having a joint or common knowledge, right, or responsibility. More specifically
    • n privy A secret friend.
    • n privy A necessary.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Privy priv′i private: pertaining to one person: for private uses: secret: appropriated to retirement: admitted to the knowledge of something secret
    • n Privy (law) a person having an interest in an action: a necessary house
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. privé, fr. L. privatus,. See Private


In literature:

They were both called to the privy council; Morton was restored to the bishopric of Ely, Fox was created bishop of Exeter.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.I., Part C. From Henry VII. to Mary" by David Hume
The blow she gave to Essex before the privy council is another instance.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.I., Part D. From Elizabeth to James I." by David Hume
The bishop of Galloway was attacked in the streets, and chased into the chamber where the privy council was sitting.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.I., Part E. From Charles I. to Cromwell" by David Hume
The four privy counsellors denied upon with that any such promise had ever been given.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.I., Part F. From Charles II. to James II." by David Hume
This nobleman was appointed lord-lieutenant of Ireland, and Rooke was admitted into the privy-council.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II. From William and Mary to George II." by Tobias Smollett
It was rumored that many other eminent men had been privy to Catiline's conspiracy.
"A Smaller History of Rome" by William Smith and Eugene Lawrence
There are sixty-eight Privy Councillors; eight of them are Catholics.
"Home Rule" by Harold Spender
A few weeks later the Queen announced her betrothal at a meeting of the Privy Council.
"The Letters of Queen Victoria, Volume 1 (of 3), 1837-1843)" by Queen Victoria
The power of the Privy Council over legislation was abolished.
"Historical and Political Essays" by William Edward Hartpole Lecky
But Franklin was not so easily beaten; the privy council furnished one more stage at which he could still make a fight.
"Benjamin Franklin" by John Torrey Morse, Jr.

In poetry:

Then I remember that sundawn
I brought him by a privy way
Out at her lattice, and thereon
What gracious words she found to say.
"The Leper" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
Onely thy grace, which with these elements comes,
Knoweth the ready way,
And hath the privie key,
Op'ning the soul's most subtile rooms:
While those to spirits refin'd, at doore attend
Despatches from their friend.
"The Holy Communion" by George Herbert

In news:

One of our missions at the Museum of the American Cocktail, is to provide bartenders information they may not ordinarily be privy to.
Production Standards Commonplace , Yet Not All Workers Privy to Data.
Diners are privy to provoleta and empanadas but can also opt for salmon tartare or carpaccio of smoked marlin.
Monitor James Cole Has Been Privy To Inside Workings.
Starting this season, fans at NFL games will be privy to the same video as the officials 'under the hood'.
A scholarly dispute has developed concerning the correctness of his political behavior while a privy councilor in Weimar in the 1770's.
There's nothing quite like morning coffee by the privy.
Mike Thomas not privy to team's gameplan vs Lions.
Production Standards Commonplace, Yet Not All Workers Privy to Data.
Privy Party Do You Come Here Often.
Yonder Mountain String band stopped by our studios for music and conversation and made us all privy to several accounts of how banjo player Dave Johnston hurt himself.
Councilman Stephen Antonelli, who represents the 6th Ward, said he was not privy to information about the generators but he was aware that Poff and McParland "were available 24-7" during the storm.
I hear and read persons from both sides lamenting anti blistering, scathing rhetoric, and, yet, who really is privy to the inner mechanics of either party.
Back in 1939, readers of the very first Batman adventure in Detective Comics No 27 weren't privy to his origin.
The Newsletter includes WW Event Picks and keeps you privy to any cool events presented by Willamette Week (ex.

In science:

The cancellation of the ultraviolet divergences in this interpretation is simply the usual removal of an intermediate step in an calculation to whose microscopic part we are not privy.
Quantum Gravity in Everyday Life: General Relativity as an Effective Field Theory
The reviewers are anonymous and the authors are not privy to any of the discussions on the reviewing side.
True Peer Review
In some models of inflation, the earliest stages, which do not influence scales that we are privy to, involve energies as large as the Planck scale. 5The simpler possibility, that the particle dark matter exists in the form of 30 eV or so neutrinos which is known as hot dark matter, was falsified almost a decade ago.
Inflation: From Theory to Observation and Back
The cancellation of the ultraviolet divergences in this interpretation is simply the usual removal of an intermediate step in an calculation to whose microscopic part we are not privy.
An Ode to Effective Lagrangians
The information-flow domain allows us to reason how information is exchanged between agents in a coalition and what information agents might be privy to.
Common Representation of Information Flows for Dynamic Coalitions