privy

[priv-ee]
adjective, privier, priviest.
1.
participating in the knowledge of something private or secret (usually followed by to ): Many persons were privy to the plot.
2.
private; assigned to private uses.
3.
belonging or pertaining to some particular person, especially with reference to a sovereign.
4.
secret, concealed, hidden, or secluded.
5.
acting or done in secret.
noun, plural privies.
6.
outhouse ( def 1 ).
7.
Law. a person participating directly in or having a derivative interest in a legal transaction.

Origin:
1175–1225; Middle English prive < Old French: private (adj.), close friend, private place (noun) < Latin prīvātus private

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privy (ˈprɪvɪ)
 
adj (foll by to) , privier, priviest
1.  participating in the knowledge of something secret
2.  archaic secret, hidden, etc
3.  archaic of or relating to one person only
 
n , privier, priviest, privies
4.  a lavatory, esp an outside one
5.  law See privity a person in privity with another
 
[C13: from Old French privé something private, from Latin prīvātusprivate]

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privy
"private," early 13c., from O.Fr. privé, from L. privatus (see private). Meaning "participating in a secret" (usually with to) is attested from late 14c. The noun meaning "toilet" is early 13c., from O.Fr. privé, from the adj. Privy Council is from c.1300 in
a general sense; specifically of the British government, first attested late 14c., as consaile priue.
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Example sentences
The threat to global stability vastly eclipses that of terrorism, say the few
  experts privy to its contents.
The starlings, however, soon were privy to the deception and continued their
  depredations.
The outside world is rarely privy to those kinds of conversations.
She was privy to some confidential deliberations about my file.
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