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Private meaning

private - 12 dictionary results

  1. 1. Belonging to, or concerning, an individual person, company, or interest; peculiar to one's self; unconnected with others; personal; one's own; not public; not general; separate; as, a man's private opinion; private property; a private purse; private expenses or interests; a private secretary.
  2. 2. Sequestered from company or observation; appropriated to an individual; secret; secluded; lonely; solitary; as, a private room or apartment; private prayer.
  3. 3. Not invested with, or engaged in, public office or employment; as, a private citizen; private life.
  4. 4. Not publicly known; not open; secret; as, a private negotiation; a private understanding.
  5. 5. Having secret or private knowledge; privy.
  6. 6. A secret message; a personal unofficial communication.
  7. 7. Personal interest; particular business.
  8. 8. Privacy; retirement.
  9. 9. One not invested with a public office.
  10. 10. A common soldier; a soldier below the grade of a noncommissioned officer.
  11. 11. The private parts; the genitals.
  12. 12. Not public; peculiar to an individual; secret; not holding an office.

private - examples of usage

  1. It was merely a private thing that I was telling to another party about having taken some hosiery to a merchant. - "Second Shetland Truck System Report", William Guthrie.
  2. I did not know anything about their private matters. - "Second Shetland Truck System Report", William Guthrie.
  3. 7147. Have the men themselves private lines of that kind? - "Second Shetland Truck System Report", William Guthrie.
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