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



BrE BrE//ˈprɪvi//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈprɪvi//
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(pl. privies) (old-fashioned) a toilet, especially an outdoor one 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Old French prive ‘private’ (also used as a noun meaning ‘private place’ and ‘familiar friend’), from Latin privatus ‘withdrawn from public life’, a use of the past participle of privare ‘bereave, deprive’, from privus ‘single, individual’.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