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private company

noun, British.
a company whose shareholders may not exceed 50 in number and whose shares may not be offered for public subscription.
Compare public company.
Origin of private company
First recorded in 1905-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • This line was constructed and operated by a private company.

    The Railroad Question William Larrabee
  • It was built by a private company and opened on December 16, 1856.

    The Railroad Question William Larrabee
  • But one does not dress for private company as for a publick ball.

  • The longer the work takes and the more it costs, the better for the private company.

    The Sequel George A. Taylor
  • In Bolton, where the private company paid 100l., the Corporation pay 137l.

    British Socialism

    J. Ellis Barker
British Dictionary definitions for private company

private company

a limited company that does not issue shares for public subscription and whose owners do not enjoy an unrestricted right to transfer their shareholdings Compare public company
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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