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English adjective: private

1. private confined to particular persons or groups or providing privacy

SamplesA private place.
Private discussions.
Private lessons.
A private club.
A private secretary.
Private property.
The former President is now a private citizen.
Public figures struggle to maintain a private life.

Similarbackstage, clannish, cliquish, cloistered, close, closed-door, clubby, confidential, confidential, head-to-head, insular, nonpublic, offstage, one-on-one, privy, reclusive, secluded, secluded, secret, secret, semiprivate, sequestered, snobbish, snobby, tete-a-tete, toffee-nosed

See alsoesoteric, personal


2. private concerning things deeply private and personal

SamplesPrivate correspondence.
Private family matters.



3. private concerning one person exclusively

SamplesWe all have individual cars.
Each room has a private bath.




4. private not expressed

SamplesSecret (or private) thoughts.




English noun: private

1. private (person) an enlisted man of the lowest rank in the Army or Marines

SamplesOur prisoner was just a private and knew nothing of value.

Synonymsbuck private, common soldier

Broader (hypernym)enlisted man

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