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Definition of "privy" [priv•y]

  • Made a participant in knowledge of something private or secret: was privy to classified information. (adjective)
  • Belonging or proper to a person, such as the British sovereign, in a private rather than official capacity. (adjective)
  • Secret; concealed. (adjective)
  • An outdoor toilet; an outhouse. (noun)
  • A toilet. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "privy" in a sentence
  • "Bacillus coli inhabits the internal tract of cattle as well as of man, but when in a farmyard the privy is as near to the shallow well as is the dung heap, it is not exactly safe to suppose that these and other contaminating microbes are derived only from harmless cattle."
  • "Posted in privy council clerk kevin lynch, public service minority gap, restorative justice."
  • "The privy is a straight "Parson's bench" style with 40 holes; ten on each side wall and twenty back to back in the middle of the building."