privy

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.

Primary Meanings of privy

1.
adj
(followed by `to') informed about something secret or not generally known
2.
n
a room or building equipped with one or more toilets
Full Definitions of privy
1

adj (followed by `to') informed about something secret or not generally known

privy to the details of the conspiracy”
Synonyms:
informed
having much knowledge or education

adj hidden from general view or use

“a privy place to rest and think”
Synonyms:
secluded, secret
private
confined to particular persons or groups or providing privacy
2

n a room or building equipped with one or more toilets

Synonyms:
bathroom, can, john, lav, lavatory, toilet
Types:
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head
(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
washroom
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
latrine
a public toilet in a military area
men's, men's room
a public toilet for men
Type of:
room
an area within a building enclosed by walls and floor and ceiling

n a small outbuilding with a bench having holes through which a user can defecate

Synonyms:
earth-closet, jakes, outhouse
Type of:
outbuilding
a building that is subordinate to and separate from a main building

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