(noun.) an enlisted man of the lowest rank in the Army or Marines; 'our prisoner was just a private and knew nothing of value'.
(adj.) concerning things deeply private and personal; 'private correspondence'; 'private family matters' .
(adj.) confined to particular persons or groups or providing privacy; 'a 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' .
(a.) 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.
(a.) Sequestered from company or observation; appropriated to an individual; secret; secluded; lonely; solitary; as, a private room or apartment; private prayer.
(a.) Not invested with, or engaged in, public office or employment; as, a private citizen; private life.
(a.) Not publicly known; not open; secret; as, a private negotiation; a private understanding.
(a.) Having secret or private knowledge; privy.
(n.) A secret message; a personal unofficial communication.
(n.) Personal interest; particular business.
(n.) Privacy; retirement.
(n.) One not invested with a public office.
(n.) A common soldier; a soldier below the grade of a noncommissioned officer.
(n.) The private parts; the genitals.
n. . Secluded, retired, sequestered, isolated.. Individual, personal, special, peculiar, particular.. Secret, privy, CLANDESTINE, close.. Confidential, not to be disclosed or communicated.
n. Common soldier.
SYN:Special, peculiar, individual, secret, not_public, retired, privy
ANT:General, public, open, unconcealed
adj. apart from the state: not invested with public office: peculiar to one's self: belonging to an individual person or company: not public: retired from observation: secret: not publicly known: not holding a commission.—n. a common soldier: (Shak.) a person without public office a secret message privacy retirement.—adv. Prī′vately.—n. Prī′vateness.—Private act &c. an act &c. which deals with the concerns of private persons—opp. to General act &c.; Private judgment the judgment of an individual esp. on the meaning of a passage or doctrine of Scripture as distinguished from the interpretation of the church; Private law that part of law which deals with the rights and duties of persons qu?individuals; Private legislation legislation affecting the interests of private persons; Private parts the sexual organs; Private property rights the property rights of individual persons as distinguished from that which belongs to a public body and is devoted to public use; Private trust a trust managed in the interest of private parties; Private wrong an injury done to an individual in his private capacity.—In private privately in secret; The private (obs.) the private life of individuals.
n. A military gentleman with a field-marshal's baton in his knapsack and an impediment in his hope.
- Entering the open passage, she tapped at the door of the private parlour, unfastened it, and looked in. 托马斯·哈代. 还乡.
- This thrown open, admitted him to his own private apartment of three rooms: his bed-chamber and two others. 查尔斯·狄更斯. 双城记.
- Such companies, therefore, commonly draw to themselves much greater stocks, than any private copartnery can boast of. 亚当·斯密. 国富论.
- By degrees the anarchy finds a way into private houses, and ends by getting among the animals and infecting them. 柏拉图. 理想国.
- Both the private father and the Father of the Marshalsea were strong within him then. 查尔斯·狄更斯. 小杜丽.
- The relation of this affecting incident of private life brought master and man to Mr. Perker's chambers. 查尔斯·狄更斯. 匹克威克外传.
- You haven't seen my private expense book yet. 路易莎·梅·奥尔科特. 小妇人.
- What is prudence in the conduct of every private family, can scarce be folly in that of a great kingdom. 亚当·斯密. 国富论.
- The overt act charged in the indictment was a libel found in his private study. 本杰明·富兰克林. 富兰克林自传.
- Since then the revolver has become a great weapon in both private and public warfare. 威廉·亨利·杜利特. 世纪发明.
- You have reminded me, Sir, that this conversation was private--private and confidential, gentlemen. 查尔斯·狄更斯. 匹克威克外传.
- Private enterprise, therefore, so far from bothering about the public need of housing, did nothing but corner and speculate in rents and sub-letting. 赫伯特·乔治·威尔斯. 世界史纲.
- It was to protect private property that the Revolution began. 赫伯特·乔治·威尔斯. 世界史纲.
- One day in private, the two young gentlemen had had a difference. 威廉·梅克比斯·萨克雷. 名利场.
- A private sitting-room having been engaged, bedrooms inspected, and dinner ordered, the party walked out to view the city and adjoining neighbourhood. 查尔斯·狄更斯. 匹克威克外传.
- Some of the higher officers were little better than the privates. 尤利西斯·格兰特. U．S．格兰特的个人回忆录.
- Men were put to work getting out timber to build huts, and in a very short time all were comfortably housed--privates as well as officers. 尤利西斯·格兰特. U．S．格兰特的个人回忆录.
- So many could receive the pay of non-commissioned officers of the various grades, and the remainder the pay of privates. 尤利西斯·格兰特. U．S．格兰特的个人回忆录.