What is the meaning, origin and usage of word ‘Privy’?

Meaning: The word "privy" can be used as an adjective and a noun. When used as an adjective, it means sharing in the knowledge of something private or secret. It is usually followed by the preposition "to". As a noun, it means a toilet located in a shed outside a house or building.

Origin: The term entered Middle English in the early 13th Century from Old French prive meaning "intimate or private place" which in turn came from Latin privatus meaning "private or personal."

Usage: Ram is not privy to the discussions of the top management.

The farm house is a privy place for the writer to relax and think about his next plot.

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