Definitions of privy

  1. ( followed by ` to') informed about something secret or not generally known; " privy to the details of the conspiracy"
  2. Of or pertaining to some person exclusively; assigned to private uses; not public; private; as, the privy purse.
  3. Secret; clandestine.
  4. Appropriated to retirement; private; not open to the public.
  5. Admitted to knowledge of a secret transaction; secretly cognizant; privately knowing.
  6. 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.
  7. Not public; retired; as, privy chambers; private; as, the privy purse; knowing secretly; as, he was privy to everything that went on.
  8. Privily.
  9. Private: pertaining to one person: for private uses: secret: appropriated to retirement: admitted to the knowledge of something secret.
  10. ( law) A person having an interest in an action: a necessary- house.
  11. Privity.
  12. Secret; admitted to the knowledge of a secret; private.
  13. Having private knowledge; secret; private.
  14. Private; pertaining to some one exclusively; assigned to private uses; clandestine; appropriated to retirement; admitted to the knowledge of what is secret.
  15. A person having an interest in any action at law: a necessary house. Priry- chamber, the private apartment in a royal residence. See Private.
  16. Assigned to private uses; not open or public; secret; admitted to the joint knowledge of some secret; admitted to state secrets.
  17. A place of retirement; a necessary house.

Usage examples for privy

  1. The Scottish Privy Council had power to put state prisoners to the question. – The History of England from the Accession of James II. Volume 1 (of 5) by Thomas Babington Macaulay
  2. And wouldst thou come into our privy garden for no better reason than to find a ball? – Men of Iron by Ernie Howard Pyle
  3. Go, assemble our privy council. – The Last Of The Barons, Complete by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  4. In fact, Pen Bronnock Chase was the right name of the settlement; but some monarch travelling, having been seized with a spasm, recruited his strength under the roof of his loyal subject, then the chief seat of the House of Hauteville, and having in his urgency been obliged to hold a privy council there, the supreme title of palace was assumed by right. – The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli
  5. Mr. Milton having slept at Sheepscote, had made her privy to our Engagement; for indeede, he and Mr. Agnew are such Friends, he will keep nothing from him. – Mary Powell & Deborah's Diary by Anne Manning
  6. This was to be attested by a privy examination and certificate appended to the deed conveying such lands. – School History of North Carolina by John W. Moore
  7. On Elizabeth's accession he was the first member sworn upon the Privy Council, and he continued during the remainder of his life her principal Minister of State. – The Mystery of Francis Bacon by William T. Smedley
  8. The post of president of the privy council and member of the " Consulta" was a dangerous one. – Project Gutenberg History of The Netherlands, 1555-1623, Complete by John Lothrop Motley
  9. All knights of the Golden Fleece, all privy counsellors and counsellors of finance, as also the members of the great senate at Malines, which had been subjected by Charles V. to the Privy Council in Brussels, had a seat and vote in the Council of State, if expressly invited by the regent. – The Revolt of The Netherlands, Complete by Frederich Schiller
  10. The Captain's legal affairs may be traced in the Privy Council Register. – James VI and the Gowrie Mystery by Andrew Lang
  11. Though the burghers of Paris had lately acquired the right to purchase manors, the wisdom of the privy council had been exercised in putting certain restrictions on the sale of those estates which were dependencies of the Crown; and the one which old Lecamus had had in his eye for the last dozen years was among them. – Catherine de' Medici by Honore de Balzac
  12. He further adds, " Perhaps the Honorable Court will judge this sufficient"- that is, this explanation, namely, that he can give none-" for any purpose to which their inquiry was directed; but if it should not be so, I will beg leave to refer, for a more minute information, and for the means of making any investigation which they may think it proper to direct, respecting the particulars of this transaction, to Mr. Larkins, your accountant- general, who was privy to every process of it, and possesses, as I believe, the original paper, which contained the only account that I ever kept of it." – The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. X. (of 12) by Edmund Burke
  13. But I cannot believe that a scheme of privy attacks on the traders of all nations, devised as a last resort, in lieu of naval victory, can be successful when it is no longer a surprise. – England and the War by Walter Raleigh
  14. Mrs. Foote was not privy to the project. – Youth Challenges by Clarence B Kelland
  15. Some touched upon matters which we thought were known only to ourselves and to our privy council. – The Argus Pheasant by John Charles Beecham
  16. Thereupon I came forth from the privy chamber of the King, and the royal children clasped my hands, and we passed on to the Great Door, and I was lodged in the house of one of the King's sons, which was beautifully furnished. – The Literature of the Ancient Egyptians by E. A. Wallis Budge
  17. One branch of our propaganda which was also initiated under Dr. Dernburg, but was chiefly developed after his departure, was the moving- picture propaganda, for which a very efficient company was floated by Privy Councillor Albert. – My Three Years in America by Johann Heinrich Andreas Hermann Albrecht Graf von Bernstorff
  18. The king's ministers were those members of his Privy Council who carried out the work of government. – Our Legal Heritage, 4th Ed. by S. A. Reilly
  19. Finally, accused of being privy to the plans of one of the most hostile of the courtiers, Theodora was driven from her palace and imprisoned in the monastery of Petrion; sometime after, Zoe, upon a visit to the monastery, compelled her sister to assume the monastic habit. – Women of Early Christianity Woman: In all ages and in all countries, Vol. 3 (of 10) by Alfred Brittain Mitchell Carroll