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 soldieradjective

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

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

  2. privateadjective

    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. privateadjective

    concerning things deeply private and personal

    "private correspondence"; "private family matters"

  4. individual(a), privateadjective

    concerning one person exclusively

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

  5. secret, privateadjective

    not expressed

    "secret (or private) thoughts"

Wiktionary

  1. privatenoun

    The lowest rank of the army.

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

  2. privatenoun

    A soldier of the rank of private.

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

  3. privatenoun

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

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

  4. privateadjective

    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. privateadjective

    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. privateadjective

    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. privateadjective

    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. privateadjective

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

    private papers

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

  9. privateadjective

    Not accessible by the public.

    private property.

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

  10. privateadjective

    Not traded by the public.

    private corporation.

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

  11. privateadjective

    Secretive; reserved.

    He is a very private person.

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

  12. privateadjective

    Not shared with another patient.

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

  13. privateadjective

    Pertaining to the genitalia.

    private parts.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Privateadjective

    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. Privateadjective

    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. Privateadjective

    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. Privateadjective

    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. Privateadjective

    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. Privatenoun

    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. Privatenoun

    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. Privatenoun

    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. Privatenoun

    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. Privatenoun

    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. Privatenoun

    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 view, see or access 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 for agreement or discussion direct with this specific person.

    His news is private and is just for discussion with those he chooses.

    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

How to pronounce private?

  1. Alex
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    Daniel
    British
    Karen
    Australian
    Veena
    Indian

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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. Ben Schlappig:

    Airlines have invested billions of dollars in these types of private, cutting-edge seat designs, but as airlines do everything they can to optimize revenue, they're finding that there are more leisure travelers willing to pay for first and business class seats.

  2. Bernie Sanders:

    What this plan does, of course, is end private insurance payments for the American people, so instead of making a private insurance premium payment, you're now going to make a Medicare premium payment. And what all of the studies indicate is that payment under a Medicare-for-all single-payer system will be significantly less than what middle class families today are paying for health insurance.

  3. Boris Becker:

    When I was playing you could be a little bit more emotional on the court and in your private life.

  4. Arjun Jayaraman:

    A lot of negative views are still in the market, but some of the more draconian fears about a continued lack of credit in the economy have been somewhat assuaged, we're seeing more lending to the private sector and higher quality growth.

  5. Ray Jayawardhana:

    Half a century later, returning to the moon is overdue, i would hope that it is a sustained effort, a long-term national commitment, one that also involves international partnerships and public-private collaborations. A multidimensional lunar program would be quite exciting. Apollo 11 landed on the moon five years after the first American robotic probe reached the surface. And this is an ambitious goal in the foreseeable future that rallies science, technology and the human spirit together.

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