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privy

  

      adj   , privier, priviest  
1    postpositive; foll by: to   participating in the knowledge of something secret  
2    Archaic   secret, hidden, etc.  
3    Archaic   of or relating to one person only  
      n   pl   , privies  
4    a lavatory, esp. an outside one  
5      (Law)   a person in privity with another  
   See       privity       1  
     (C13: from Old French privé something private, from Latin privatus private)  


Judicial Committee of the Privy Council  
      n   the highest appellate court for Britain's dependencies and for some dominions of the Commonwealth  
Lord Privy Seal  
      n   (in Britain) the senior cabinet minister without official duties  
privy chamber  
      n  
1    a private apartment inside a royal residence  
2    Archaic   a private room reserved for the use of a specific person or group  
privy council  
      n  
1    the council of state of a monarch or noble, esp. formerly  
2    Archaic   a private or secret council  
Privy Council  
      n   the private council of the British sovereign, consisting of all current and former ministers of the Crown and other distinguished subjects, all of whom are appointed for life  
   See also       Judicial Committee of the Privy Council  
  Privy Counsellor      n  
privy purse  
      n   often caps  
1   
a    (in Britain) an allowance voted by Parliament for the private expenses of the monarch: part of the civil list  
b    (in other countries) a similar sum of money for the monarch  
2    an official of the royal household responsible for dealing with the monarch's private expenses,   (Full name)    Keeper of the Privy Purse  
privy seal  
      n   often caps   (in Britain) a seal affixed to certain documents issued by royal authority: of less rank and importance than the great seal  
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privy

  

      adj  
1      (with)       to   apprised of, aware of, cognizant of, hip to     (slang)   informed, in on, in the know     (informal)   wise to     (slang)  
2      (archaic)   confidential, hidden, hush-hush     (informal)   off the record, personal, private, secret  
      n  
3    bog     (slang)   closet, earth closet, latrine, lavatory, outside toilet, pissoir  

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