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privy chamber

noun
1.
a private apartment in a royal residence.
2.
Archaic. a room reserved for the private or exclusive use of some particular person.
Origin of privy chamber
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English
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  • The proper officers are, between six and seven o'clock every morning, to make the fire in and straw his Highness's privy chamber.

    Ten Thousand Wonderful Things Edmund Fillingham King
  • Cicely, serve a void in my privy chamber at four of the clock.

    Mistress Margery Emily Sarah Holt
  • He was much alarmed at the possible success of some project for bringing her to her old place in the privy chamber.

    Sir Walter Ralegh William Stebbing
  • She ate her meals in the privy chamber attended only by her ladies.

  • Judith made herself a privy chamber where she dwelt (sayth the scripture), being closed in with her maydens.

  • Would his Grace vouchsafe to come on to the privy chamber where the dinner was spread?

    The Armourer's Prentices Charlotte M. Yonge
  • Many wives and daughters of Privy Councilors attended the Queen in her privy chamber.

  • After the ceremony, when Pertinax attended the King to his privy chamber, he announced that he had a report to make.

    Kophetua the Thirteenth Julian Corbett
  • Conduct the Princess to her privy chamber and do not permit her to leave it without my permission.

    Joan of the Sword Hand S(amuel) R(utherford) Crockett
  • Next morning he made his appearance in the privy chamber as he had been wont to do, and his return to favour was complete.

    Raleigh Edmund Gosse
British Dictionary definitions for privy chamber

privy chamber

noun
1.
a private apartment inside a royal residence
2.
(archaic) a private room reserved for the use of a specific person or group
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