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private

[ prahy-vit ]
/ ˈpraɪ vɪt /
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adjective
noun
a soldier of one of the three lowest enlisted ranks.
privates. private parts.
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Idioms about private

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

Origin of private

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, from 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 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C14: from Latin prīvātus belonging to one individual, withdrawn from public life, from prīvāre to deprive, bereave
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