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Privy meaning

privy - 9 dictionary results

  1. 1. Of or pertaining to some person exclusively; assigned to private uses; not public; private; as, the privy purse.
  2. 2. Secret; clandestine.
  3. 3. Appropriated to retirement; private; not open to the public.
  4. 4. Admitted to knowledge of a secret transaction; secretly cognizant; privately knowing.
  5. 5. 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.
  6. 6. A necessary house or place; a backhouse.
  7. 7. An outhouse.
  8. 8. Privity.
  9. 9. Secret; admitted to the knowledge of a secret; private.

privy - examples of usage

  1. Ulrica, quite privy to the scheme, offered no objection. - "A Poached Peerage", William Magnay.
  2. How is it there are so many engaged in the work; I thought we three only were to be privy to it? - "The Prime Minister", W.H.G. Kingston.
  3. By this time all the household had collected round the spot, eager to see the termination of the affair; the circumstance of the King's visits being known among them all; but, supposing the Marquis was privy to it, they did not venture to speak to him on the subject. - "The Prime Minister", W.H.G. Kingston.
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