Definition of private noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈpraɪvət//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpraɪvət//
    The army
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  1. 1   [countable] (abbreviation Pte) a soldier of the lowest rank in the army Private (John) Smith See related entries: The army
  2. 2  privates [plural] (informal) = private parts
  3. Word Originlate Middle English (originally denoting a person not acting in an official capacity): from Latin privatus ‘withdrawn from public life’, a use of the past participle of privare ‘bereave, deprive’, from privus ‘single, individual’.Idioms  with nobody else present Is there somewhere we can discuss this in private? compare in public
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