- priv. pr.,
- privacy, right of,
- private bar,
- private bill,
- private brand,
- private company,
- private detective
Origin of private
Examples from the Web for 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|DAILY BEAST
The family was taking some private moments for a closing of the coffin in keeping with Chinese ritual.
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
My nickname was Captain, though I was a private, first class.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The role of private investigators has stirred controversy in the investigation.U.S. Spies Say They Tracked ‘Sony Hackers’ For Years|Shane Harris|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
They were quickly taken to private rooms, where the captain was attended by a police surgeon.The Captain's Toll-Gate|Frank R. Stockton
The French, and to some extent the English, dispense with introductions at a private ball.Our Deportment|John H. Young
This individual we have kept to the last, though he was little more than a private person, and is not at all famous.A Jar of Honey from Mount Hybla|Leigh Hunt
What most attracted my attention was the captain's private collection of fishing tackle and his armoury.The Pilots of Pomona|Robert Leighton
Custom is, to think a handsome thing in private but tame it down in the utterance.The Letters Of Mark Twain, Volume 6, 1907-1910|Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
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