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Definitions of privy

  1. (law) A person having an interest in an action: a necessary-house. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  2. Privity. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  3. A person having an interest in any action at law: a necessary house. Priry-chamber, the private apartment in a royal residence. See Private. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  4. A place of retirement; a necessary house. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  5. Privily. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  6. Of or pertaining to some person exclusively; assigned to private uses; not public; private; as, the privy purse. Newage Dictionary DB
  7. Secret; clandestine. Newage Dictionary DB
  8. Appropriated to retirement; private; not open to the public. Newage Dictionary DB
  9. Admitted to knowledge of a secret transaction; secretly cognizant; privately knowing. Newage Dictionary DB
  10. 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. Newage Dictionary DB
  11. Not public; retired; as, privy chambers; private; as, the privy purse; knowing secretly; as, he was privy to everything that went on. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  12. Private: pertaining to one person: for private uses: secret: appropriated to retirement: admitted to the knowledge of something secret. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  13. Secret; admitted to the knowledge of a secret; private. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  14. Having private knowledge; secret; private. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  15. Private; pertaining to some one exclusively; assigned to private uses; clandestine; appropriated to retirement; admitted to the knowledge of what is secret. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  16. Assigned to private uses; not open or public; secret; admitted to the joint knowledge of some secret; admitted to state secrets. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for privy

  1. The Scottish Privy Council had power to put state prisoners to the question. – The History of England from the Accession of James II. Volume 1 (of 5) by Thomas Babington Macaulay
  2. And wouldst thou come into our privy garden for no better reason than to find a ball? – Men of Iron by Ernie Howard Pyle
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