In private
Private Pri"vate (pr[imac]"v[asl]t), n. 1. A secret message; a personal unofficial communication. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. Personal interest; particular business.[Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Nor must I be unmindful of my private. --B. Jonson. [1913 Webster]

3. Privacy; retirement. [Archaic] ``Go off; I discard you; let me enjoy my private.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. One not invested with a public office. [Archaic] [1913 Webster]

What have kings, that privates have not too? --Shak. [1913 Webster]

5. (Mil.) A common soldier; a soldier below the grade of a noncommissioned officer. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

6. pl. The private parts; the genitals. [1913 Webster]

{In private}, secretly; not openly or publicly. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Private — Pri vate (pr[imac] v[asl]t), n. 1. A secret message; a personal unofficial communication. [Obs.] Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Personal interest; particular business.[Obs.] [1913 Webster] Nor must I be unmindful of my private. B. Jonson. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • in secret — {adv. phr.} In a private or secret way; in a hidden place. * /The miser buried his gold in secret and no one knows where it is./ * /The robbers went away in secret after dark./ Compare: IN PRIVATE …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • in secret — {adv. phr.} In a private or secret way; in a hidden place. * /The miser buried his gold in secret and no one knows where it is./ * /The robbers went away in secret after dark./ Compare: IN PRIVATE …   Dictionary of American idioms

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