(sometimes lowercase) British. a member of a legislative body, especially of the House of Commons, who has no special duties and is not a member of the ministry.
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Origin of Private Member
First recorded in 1600–10
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British Dictionary definitions for private member
a member of a legislative assembly, such as the House of Commons, not having an appointment in the government
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