Definition of private
What does the word private mean?
part of speech: adjective, noun
(Of person) not holding public office or official position; p. (soldier), ordinary soldier without rank or distinction; p. member of House of Commons (not member of Ministry); kept, removed, from public knowledge, as the matter was kept p., had p. reasons; not open to the public, as p. door, news came through p. channels, p. boarding-house, carriage, hotel, theatricals, view (of exhibition of pictures esp. before it is opened to the public); p. house, dwelling-house of p. person (opp. to his shop or office, to public-house, or to public building); p. school, one carried on for owner\'s profit (cf. PUBLIC), p. schoolmaster, master of or in this; one\'s own, as my p. goods, property; individual, personal, not affecting the community, as motives of p. malice; (Parl.) p. bill, act, (affecting individual or corporation only); confidential, as asked for some p. conversation; this is for your p. ear (confidential); (of place) retired, secluded; (archaic, of person) given to retirement; in p., privately, in p. company or life. Hence privately adv. [Latin]