private

[ prahy-vit ]
/ ˈpraɪ vɪt /

adjective

noun

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

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Idioms for private

    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

SYNONYMS FOR private

10 sequestered, retired.

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British Dictionary definitions for privates

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 of private

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C14: from Latin prīvātus belonging to one individual, withdrawn from public life, from prīvāre to deprive, bereave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 privates

private

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