from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Private, exclusive; that is one's own.
- adj. Secret, hidden, concealed.
- adj. With knowledge of; party to; let in on.
- n. An outdoor toilet; latrine; earth closet; john; johnny house.
- n. A partaker; one having an interest in an action, contract, etc. to which he is not himself a party.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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. 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.
- n. A necessary house or place for performing excretory functions in private; an outhouse; a backhouse.
from The 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.
- n. A secret friend.
- n. A necessary.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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
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)
Old French privé ("private"), from Latin privatus ("deprived"). More at private (Wiktionary)