Definition of private means in English:

private means

Line breaks: pri|vate means

noun

British
Income from investments, property, or inheritance, as opposed to earned income or state benefit: old people with private means can choose such care he is a man of private means
More example sentences
  • Only those people with abundant private means, investment and/or property can truly be said to have a comfortable old age.
  • Peacock had modest private means but earned his living as an official in the East India Company.
  • What comes through these biographies and recorded reactions in the press and magazine coverage of exhibitions is just how hard it must have been to sustain a meaningful position as an artist in Ireland, unless one had private means.