• IPA: /ˈpɹɪvɪti/


  1. (obsolete) A divine mystery; something known only to God, or revealed only in holy scriptures.
  2. (obsolete) A private matter, a secret.
  3. (now rare, archaic) Privacy, secrecy.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, I.ix:
      Him oft and oft I askt in priuitie, / Of what loines and what lignage I did spring […].
  4. (archaic, in the plural) The genitals.
    • 1603, Michel de Montaigne, chapter 49, in John Florio, transl., The Essayes, […], book I, printed at London: By Val[entine] Simmes for Edward Blount […], OCLC 946730821 ↗:
      Having ended the delights of nature, they were wont to wipe their privities {{transterm
  5. (legal) A relationship between parties seen as being a result of their mutual interest or participation in a given transaction, e.g. contract, estate, etc.

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