(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' .

达斯汀录入--From WordNet


(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. [1]. Secluded, retired, sequestered, isolated.[2]. Individual, personal, special, peculiar, particular.[3]. Secret, privy, CLANDESTINE, close.[4]. 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.





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