Definition of privy adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈprɪvi//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈprɪvi//
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(formal) privy to something allowed to know about something secret She was not privy to any information contained in the letters. Word OriginMiddle English (originally in the sense ‘belonging to one's own private circle’): from Old French prive ‘private’ (also used as a noun meaning ‘private place’ and ‘familiar friend’), from Latin privatus ‘withdrawn from public life’, a use of the past participle of privare ‘bereave, deprive’, from privus ‘single, individual’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: privy