private

[ prahy-vit ]
/ ˈpraɪ vɪt /

adjective

noun

a soldier of one of the three lowest enlisted ranks.
privates. private parts.

Idioms

    in private, not publicly; secretly: The hearing will be conducted in private.

Origin of private

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin prīvātus private, literally, taken away (from public affairs), special use of past participle of prīvāre to rob. See deprive, -ate1

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British Dictionary definitions for private

private

/ (ˈpraɪvɪt) /

adjective

noun

a soldier of the lowest rank, sometimes separated into qualification grades, in many armies and marine corpsprivate first class

Derived Forms

privately, adverb

Word Origin for private

C14: from Latin prīvātus belonging to one individual, withdrawn from public life, from prīvāre to deprive, bereave
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Idioms and Phrases with private

private


In addition to the idiom beginning with private

  • private eye

also see:

  • free (private) enterprise
  • in private
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