[ noun ] the quality of being secluded from the presence or view of others

Used in print

(Marvin Schiller, "The Sheep's in the Meadow,"...)

Again among those jubilantly reunited bunkmates , I was shy with Jessie and acted as I had during those early Saturday mornings when we all seemed to be playing_for_effect , to be detached and unconcerned with the girls who were properly our dates but about whom , later , in the privacy of our bunks , we would think in_terms_of the most elaborate romance .

(Octavia Waldo, A Cup of the Sun....)

Only paved alleyways tunneled through the walls of those fortresses into the mysterious core of intimacy behind the houses where backyards owned no fences , where one man 's property blended with the next to form courtyards in which no one knew privacy .

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[ noun ] the condition of being concealed or hidden

Used in print

(T. C. McClary, "The Flooded Desert," Argosy,...)

He had picked_out this pathless trail , instead of the common one , in a moment of romantic fancy , to give them privacy on their honeymoon .