1. Made a participant in knowledge of something private or secret: was privy to classified information.
2. Belonging or proper to a person, such as the British sovereign, in a private rather than official capacity.
3. Secret; concealed.
n. pl. priv·ies
a. An outdoor toilet; an outhouse.
b. A toilet.
2. Law One in privity with another.
[Middle English prive, from Old French, from Latin prīvātus, private, from prīvus, single, alone; see per1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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