1. Made a participant in knowledge of something private or secret: was privy to classified information. 2. Belonging or proper to a person, such as the British sovereign, in a private rather than official capacity. 3. Secret; concealed.
Inflected forms: pl.priv·ies 1. a. An outdoor toilet; an outhouse. b. A toilet. 2. Law One of the parties having an interest in the same matter.
Middle English prive, from Old French, from Latin pr*v*tus, private, from pr*vus, single, alone; see per1 in Indo-European roots.
Completely lacking; destitute or empty: a novel devoid of wit and inventiveness.
Middle English, past participle of devoiden, to remove, eliminate, from Old French desvoidier : des-, de- + voidier, to empty