Meaning of PRIVACY in English

ˈprīvəsē, -si, Brit sometimes ˈpriv- noun

( -es )

Etymology: Middle English privacie, from private + -cie -cy


a. : the quality or state of being apart from the company or observation of others : seclusion

unwilling to disturb his privacy

b. : isolation, seclusion, or freedom from unauthorized oversight or observation

protected by law in the enjoyment of privacy

2. archaic : a place of seclusion or retreat : private apartment

remote woodland privacies


a. : private or clandestine circumstances : secrecy

b. archaic : a private or personal matter : secret

4. obsolete : familiarity , intimacy

5. privacies plural , archaic : genitalia , privates

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