Not in public; secretly, confidentially. For example, The hearings will be conducted in private, or May I speak to you in private? [Late 1500s] For an antonym, see in public.
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ROME — What does it take for a Hollywood A-lister to get a private audience with Pope Francis?Pope Francis Has the Pleasure of Meeting Angelina Jolie for a Few Seconds|Barbie Latza Nadeau|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
This is a guy who has his son-in-law clean his eyeglasses, for crying out loud.
The family was taking some private moments for a closing of the coffin in keeping with Chinese ritual.
Her travel clique has been known to arrive at an airport, bags packed, passport-in-hand, within hours of spotting a deal.‘We Out Here’: Inside the New Black Travel Movement|Charlise Ferguson|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
But while his public profile receded, his private life blossomed.Ed Brooke: The Senate's Civil Rights Pioneer and Prophet of a Post-Racial America|John Avlon|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Dean Swift was indeed a misanthrope by theory, however he may have made exception to private life.
But if what I told him were true, he was still at a loss how a kingdom could run out of its estate like a private person.
The private chapel, built out from the house on the side next Calne, had not been used for years and years.Elster's Folly|Mrs. Henry Wood
Such throats are trying, are they not?In case one catches cold; Ah, yes!
Proof was given to him, of Elizabeth having admitted Ripperda to private political discussions in the Altheim apartments.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4|Jane Porter