What does private mean?

Definitions for private
ˈpraɪ vɪtpri·vate

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word private.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. private, buck private, common soldier(adj)

    an enlisted man of the lowest rank in the Army or Marines

    "our prisoner was just a private and knew nothing of value"

  2. private(adj)

    confined to particular persons or groups or providing privacy

    "a private place"; "private discussions"; "private lessons"; "a private club"; "a private secretary"; "private property"; "the former President is now a private citizen"; "public figures struggle to maintain a private life"

  3. private(adj)

    concerning things deeply private and personal

    "private correspondence"; "private family matters"

  4. individual(a), private(adj)

    concerning one person exclusively

    "we all have individual cars"; "each room has a private bath"

  5. secret, private(adj)

    not expressed

    "secret (or private) thoughts"

Wiktionary

  1. private(Noun)

    The lowest rank of the army.

    Etymology: From privatus, perfect passive participle of privo, from privus.

  2. private(Noun)

    A soldier of the rank of private.

    Etymology: From privatus, perfect passive participle of privo, from privus.

  3. private(Noun)

    (in plural privates) A euphemistic term for the genitals.

    Etymology: From privatus, perfect passive participle of privo, from privus.

  4. private(Adjective)

    Belonging to, concerning, or accessible only to an individual person or a specific group.

    Her address is private, you can't have it.

    Etymology: From privatus, perfect passive participle of privo, from privus.

  5. private(Adjective)

    Not in governmental office or employment.

    He quit public life, living quietly as a private citizen.

    Etymology: From privatus, perfect passive participle of privo, from privus.

  6. private(Adjective)

    Not publicly known; not open; secret.

    The identity of the beneficiaries of the trust is private.

    Etymology: From privatus, perfect passive participle of privo, from privus.

  7. private(Adjective)

    Protected from view or disturbance by others; secluded.

    Can we go someplace more private?

    Etymology: From privatus, perfect passive participle of privo, from privus.

  8. private(Adjective)

    Intended only for the use of an individual, group, or organization.

    private papers

    Etymology: From privatus, perfect passive participle of privo, from privus.

  9. private(Adjective)

    Not accessible by the public.

    private property.

    Etymology: From privatus, perfect passive participle of privo, from privus.

  10. private(Adjective)

    Not traded by the public.

    private corporation.

    Etymology: From privatus, perfect passive participle of privo, from privus.

  11. private(Adjective)

    Secretive; reserved.

    He is a very private person.

    Etymology: From privatus, perfect passive participle of privo, from privus.

  12. private(Adjective)

    Not shared with another patient.

    Etymology: From privatus, perfect passive participle of privo, from privus.

  13. private(Adjective)

    Pertaining to the genitalia.

    private parts.

    Etymology: From privatus, perfect passive participle of privo, from privus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Private(adj)

    belonging to, or concerning, an individual person, company, or interest; peculiar to one's self; unconnected with others; personal; one's own; not public; not general; separate; as, a man's private opinion; private property; a private purse; private expenses or interests; a private secretary

    Etymology: [L. privatus apart from the state, peculiar to an individual, private, properly p. p. of privare to bereave, deprive, originally, to separate, fr. privus single, private, perhaps originally, put forward (hence, alone, single) and akin to prae before. See Prior, a., and cf. Deprive, Privy, a.]

  2. Private(adj)

    sequestered from company or observation; appropriated to an individual; secret; secluded; lonely; solitary; as, a private room or apartment; private prayer

    Etymology: [L. privatus apart from the state, peculiar to an individual, private, properly p. p. of privare to bereave, deprive, originally, to separate, fr. privus single, private, perhaps originally, put forward (hence, alone, single) and akin to prae before. See Prior, a., and cf. Deprive, Privy, a.]

  3. Private(adj)

    not invested with, or engaged in, public office or employment; as, a private citizen; private life

    Etymology: [L. privatus apart from the state, peculiar to an individual, private, properly p. p. of privare to bereave, deprive, originally, to separate, fr. privus single, private, perhaps originally, put forward (hence, alone, single) and akin to prae before. See Prior, a., and cf. Deprive, Privy, a.]

  4. Private(adj)

    not publicly known; not open; secret; as, a private negotiation; a private understanding

    Etymology: [L. privatus apart from the state, peculiar to an individual, private, properly p. p. of privare to bereave, deprive, originally, to separate, fr. privus single, private, perhaps originally, put forward (hence, alone, single) and akin to prae before. See Prior, a., and cf. Deprive, Privy, a.]

  5. Private(adj)

    having secret or private knowledge; privy

    Etymology: [L. privatus apart from the state, peculiar to an individual, private, properly p. p. of privare to bereave, deprive, originally, to separate, fr. privus single, private, perhaps originally, put forward (hence, alone, single) and akin to prae before. See Prior, a., and cf. Deprive, Privy, a.]

  6. Private(noun)

    a secret message; a personal unofficial communication

    Etymology: [L. privatus apart from the state, peculiar to an individual, private, properly p. p. of privare to bereave, deprive, originally, to separate, fr. privus single, private, perhaps originally, put forward (hence, alone, single) and akin to prae before. See Prior, a., and cf. Deprive, Privy, a.]

  7. Private(noun)

    personal interest; particular business

    Etymology: [L. privatus apart from the state, peculiar to an individual, private, properly p. p. of privare to bereave, deprive, originally, to separate, fr. privus single, private, perhaps originally, put forward (hence, alone, single) and akin to prae before. See Prior, a., and cf. Deprive, Privy, a.]

  8. Private(noun)

    privacy; retirement

    Etymology: [L. privatus apart from the state, peculiar to an individual, private, properly p. p. of privare to bereave, deprive, originally, to separate, fr. privus single, private, perhaps originally, put forward (hence, alone, single) and akin to prae before. See Prior, a., and cf. Deprive, Privy, a.]

  9. Private(noun)

    one not invested with a public office

    Etymology: [L. privatus apart from the state, peculiar to an individual, private, properly p. p. of privare to bereave, deprive, originally, to separate, fr. privus single, private, perhaps originally, put forward (hence, alone, single) and akin to prae before. See Prior, a., and cf. Deprive, Privy, a.]

  10. Private(noun)

    a common soldier; a soldier below the grade of a noncommissioned officer

    Etymology: [L. privatus apart from the state, peculiar to an individual, private, properly p. p. of privare to bereave, deprive, originally, to separate, fr. privus single, private, perhaps originally, put forward (hence, alone, single) and akin to prae before. See Prior, a., and cf. Deprive, Privy, a.]

  11. Private(noun)

    the private parts; the genitals

    Etymology: [L. privatus apart from the state, peculiar to an individual, private, properly p. p. of privare to bereave, deprive, originally, to separate, fr. privus single, private, perhaps originally, put forward (hence, alone, single) and akin to prae before. See Prior, a., and cf. Deprive, Privy, a.]

Freebase

  1. Private

    A private is a soldier of the lowest military rank. In modern military parlance, 'private' is shortened to 'Pte' in the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth countries and to 'Pvt.' in the United States.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Private

    prī′vāt, adj. apart from the state: not invested with public office: peculiar to one's self: belonging to an individual person or company: not public: retired from observation: secret: not publicly known: not holding a commission.—n. a common soldier: (Shak.) a person without public office, a secret message, privacy, retirement.—adv. Prī′vately.—n. Prī′vateness.—Private act, &c., an act, &c., which deals with the concerns of private persons—opp. to General act, &c.; Private judgment, the judgment of an individual, esp. on the meaning of a passage or doctrine of Scripture, as distinguished from the interpretation of the church; Private law, that part of law which deals with the rights and duties of persons quâ individuals; Private legislation, legislation affecting the interests of private persons; Private parts, the sexual organs; Private property, rights, the property, rights of individual persons, as distinguished from that which belongs to a public body and is devoted to public use; Private trust, a trust managed in the interest of private parties; Private wrong, an injury done to an individual in his private capacity.—In private, privately, in secret; The private (obs.), the private life of individuals. [L. privatus, pa.p. of privāre, to separate—privus, single.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. private

    The proper designation of a soldier serving in the ranks of the army, holding no special position.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. private

    The title applied in the British army to a common soldier of the cavalry and infantry; the corresponding rank in the artillery being gunner or driver, and in the engineers, the sapper. A private in the cavalry is sometimes called a trooper. In the U. S. army all the soldiers who are below the grade of non-commissioned officers are called privates.

Editors Contribution

  1. private

    Belonging to a person and able to be seen, viewed or accessed with their consent.

    Many people have private social media accounts as they value their privacy.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 3, 2020  
  2. private

    Belonging to a specific person or people.

    If we own a property it is private and not meant to be accessed by anyone unless they have permission.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 10, 2020  
  3. private

    Relating to a person and to be agreed or discussed direct with that person.

    His news was private therefore not discussed with anyone only himself.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 10, 2020  
  4. private

    To ensure authorized access.

    The personal data of employees is private.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 16, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'private' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #536

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'private' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1081

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'private' in Adjectives Frequency: #63

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of private in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of private in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of private in a Sentence

  1. Brian Schatz:

    I don't understand why we are going with a private sector-driven approach here, or a voluntary approach.

  2. Van Halen:

    I didn't drink to party, alcohol and cocaine were private things to me. I would use them for work.

  3. Carly Fiorina:

    I don't think it's the role of government to dictate to the private sector how to manage their businesses, especially when it's pretty clear that the private sector, like Netflix, like the example that you just gave, is doing the right thing because they know it helps them attract the right talent.

  4. Bill Gates:

    Private companies will ultimately develop these energy breakthroughs, but their work will rely on the kind of basic research that only governments can fund.

  5. Bruce Prescott:

    Frankly, I’m glad we finally got the governor and attorney general to agree to let the monument be moved to private property, which is where I believe it’s most appropriate, i’m not opposed to the Ten Commandments. The first sermon I ever preached was on the Ten Commandments. I’m just opposed to it being on public property.

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