What does the word privy mean?

Usage examples for privy

  1. The memorandum published on this subject by the Privy Council, and drawn up by Dr. Thudichum, is so complete and so clear, that we can find nothing better to say. – On the cattle plague: or, Contagious typhus in horned cattle. Its history, origin, description, and treatment by Honoré Bourguignon
  2. It was rather curious, considering how long Anna had been in England, that she still kept certain little habits acquired in the far- off days when she had been the young cook of a Herr Privy Councillor. – Good Old Anna by Marie Belloc Lowndes
  3. If one may conjecture, one would guess that the Privy Council and the four preachers managed to persuade themselves, Sprot being the liar whom we know, that he lied when he called his Logan papers forgeries. – James VI and the Gowrie Mystery by Andrew Lang