If you're privy to something, you've been let in on a secret or know about something that most people don't. Not many people are privy to what those top secret documents are all about, for example.

The adjective privy comes from the Latin privatus, meaning “private,” and describes someone who has knowledge of secret or confidential information. But watch out: If you use privy as a noun, it can mean “outhouse” or “toilet,” which actually might be a good place to hide your diary if you don't want anyone else to be privy to its contents.

Definitions of privy
  1. adjective
    (followed by `to') informed about something secret or not generally known
    privy to the details of the conspiracy”
    having much knowledge or education
  2. adjective
    hidden from general view or use
    “a privy place to rest and think”
    synonyms: secluded, secret
    confined to particular persons or groups or providing privacy
  3. noun
    a room or building equipped with one or more toilets
    synonyms: bathroom, can, john, lav, lavatory, toilet
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    (nautical) a toilet on board a boat or ship
    comfort station, convenience, public convenience, public lavatory, public toilet, restroom, toilet facility, wash room
    a toilet that is available to the public
    a lavatory (particularly a lavatory in a public place)
    W.C., closet, loo, water closet
    a toilet in Britain
    ladies' room, powder room
    a woman's restroom in a public (or semipublic) building
    a public toilet in a military area
    men's, men's room
    a public toilet for men
    type of:
    an area within a building enclosed by walls and floor and ceiling
  4. noun
    a small outbuilding with a bench having holes through which a user can defecate
    synonyms: earth-closet, jakes, outhouse
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    a building that is subordinate to and separate from a main building
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