1) Short for ‘privy room’, that is a room where privacy is possible, a toilet or lavatory.

1419-20 remove thayre pryves that standys upon the kynges dyke, York

1538 an entry into a privy or jaques, Knaresborough

1654 paid for 3 times dressing the previe, Stockeld. Used attributively: 1528 In his owne chamber ... A prevey stole, York.

dates 1419-1420 1528 1538 1654

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