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English Dictionary: privy by the DICT Development Group
3 results for privy
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. hidden from general view or use; "a privy place to rest and think"; "a secluded romantic spot"; "a secret garden"
    Synonym(s): privy, secluded, secret
  2. (followed by `to') informed about something secret or not generally known; "privy to the details of the conspiracy"
  1. a room or building equipped with one or more toilets [syn: toilet, lavatory, lav, can, john, privy, bathroom]
  2. a small outbuilding with a bench having holes through which a user can defecate
    Synonym(s): outhouse, privy, earth-closet, jakes
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Privy \Priv"y\, a. [F. priv[82], fr. L. privatus. See
      1. Of or pertaining to some person exclusively; assigned to
            private uses; not public; private; as, the privy purse.
            [bd] Privee knights and squires.[b8] --Chaucer.
      2. Secret; clandestine. [bd] A privee thief.[b8] --Chaucer.
      3. Appropriated to retirement; private; not open to the
            public. [bd] Privy chambers.[b8] --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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   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 himself a
            party. The term, in its proper sense, is distinguished
            from party. --Burrill. Wharton.
      2. A necessary house or place; a backhouse.
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