Origin of private
Synonyms for private
Antonyms for private
Related Words for privateindependent, confidential, separate, secret, individual, exclusive, special, secluded, quiet, soldier, inside, privy, closet, particular, solitary, sailor, infantry, GI, clandestine, discreet
Examples from the Web for private
Contemporary Examples of private
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
The family was taking some private moments for a closing of the coffin in keeping with Chinese ritual.Funeral Protest Is Too Much for NYPD Union Boss
January 5, 2015
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
January 4, 2015
My nickname was Captain, though I was a private, first class.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
The role of private investigators has stirred controversy in the investigation.U.S. Spies Say They Tracked ‘Sony Hackers’ For Years
January 2, 2015
Historical Examples of private
The morning after his arrival, Artaphernes had a private audience with his royal master.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
In the private car the little party was beginning its own journey Eastward.
Mr. Davis, may I ask the favor of a few minutes' conversation with you in private?Brave and Bold
Fouts, with a slip of paper in his hand, beckoned him from the door of his private office.
And noo, Captain Smith, let me say a word in your private ear.
Word Origin for private
late 14c., "pertaining or belonging to oneself, not shared, individual; not open to the public;" of a religious rule, "not shared by Christians generally, distinctive; from Latin privatus "set apart, belonging to oneself (not to the state), peculiar, personal," used in contrast to publicus, communis; past participle of privare "to separate, deprive," from privus "one's own, individual," from PIE *prei-wo-, from PIE *prai-, *prei-, from root *per- (1) "forward, through" (see per).
Old English in this sense had syndrig. Private grew popular 17c. as an alternative to common (adj.), which had overtones of condescention. Of persons, "not holding public office," recorded from early 15c. In private "privily" is from 1580s. Related: Privately. Private school is from 1650s. Private parts "the pudenda" is from 1785. Private enterprise first recorded 1797; private property by 1680s; private sector is from 1948. Private eye "private detective" is recorded from 1938, American English.
1590s, "private citizen," short for private person "individual not involved in government" (early 15c.), or from Latin privatus "man in private life," noun use of the adjective; 1781 in the military sense, short for Private soldier "one below the rank of a non-commissioned officer" (1570s), from private (adj.).
In addition to the idiom beginning with private
- private eye
- free (private) enterprise
- in private