private company

noun British.
  1. a company whose shareholders may not exceed 50 in number and whose shares may not be offered for public subscription.

Origin of private company

First recorded in 1905–10
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British Dictionary definitions for private company

private company

noun
  1. a limited company that does not issue shares for public subscription and whose owners do not enjoy an unrestricted right to transfer their shareholdingsCompare public company
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