American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Made a participant in knowledge of something private or secret: was privy to classified information.
- adj. Belonging or proper to a person, such as the British sovereign, in a private rather than official capacity.
- adj. Secret; concealed.
- n. An outdoor toilet; an outhouse.
- n. A toilet.
- n. Law One of the parties having an interest in the same matter.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Private; pertaining to some person exclusively; assigned to private uses; not public: as, the privy purse.
- Secret; not seen openly; not made known in public.
- Private; appropriated to retirement; sequestered; retired.
- Privately knowing; admitted to the participation with another in knowledge of a secret transaction: generally with to.
- Intimate; familiar; on confidential terms; well known.
- Cognizant (of), acquainted (with).
- n. 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. A secret friend.
- n. A necessary.
- adj. Private, exclusive; that is one's own.
- adj. archaic Secret, hidden, concealed.
- adj. With knowledge of; party to; let in on.
- n. An outdoor toilet; latrine; earth closet; john; johnny house.
- n. law A partaker; one having an interest in an action, contract, etc. to which he is not himself a party.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Of or pertaining to some person exclusively; assigned to private uses; not public; private.
- adj. Secret; clandestine.
- adj. Appropriated to retirement; private; not open to the public.
- adj. Admitted to knowledge of a secret transaction; secretly cognizant; privately knowing.
- n. (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
- n. A necessary house or place for performing excretory functions in private; an outhouse; a backhouse.
- n. a room or building equipped with one or more toilets
- adj. (followed by `to') informed about something secret or not generally known
- n. a small outbuilding with a bench having holes through which a user can defecate
- adj. hidden from general view or use
- Old French privé ("private"), from Latin privatus ("deprived"). More at private (Wiktionary)
- Middle English prive, from Old French, from Latin prīvātus, private, from prīvus, single, alone; see per1 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“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.”
“The word privy is one of the earliest euphemisms used in England; an anonymous writer at the turn of the fifteenth century advised”
“Shivering, he mooched outside to what Uncle Gib called the privy and he the “bog.””
“I didn't use actual slang words, per se, except for "necessary" (which is what ladies called the privy or outhouse).”
“Just recently, it dawned on me that the privy was a one-holer.”
“Were they prevailed on to call a privy meeting tomorrow, with a loaded quorum, Hauksberg would depart with the authority he needed.”
“It would be the highest disgrace to him if he were, since even his so-called privy-chamber  resounds with the noise of clamorous litigants.”
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