Belonging to or for the use of one particular person or group of people only
his private plane
Involving investment from both the public and private sectors.
With no one else present
A British parliamentary Act affecting only the interests of a particular individual or small group of individuals (as a corporation, local area, etc.).
= lounge bar.
A hospital bed in which a patient has privacy.
A box in a theatre which may be booked for the exclusive use of a group of people.
Chiefly US, a privately owned and used railway carriage; (sometimes also) a railway carriage not available for public use.
A private investigator
A branch of the law that deals with the relations between individuals or institutions, rather than relations between these and the government
= private soldier.
A feud between people or families that is conducted without regard to the law
(With reference to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.) a cadet in the fourth and final year, especially one who has not attained cadet officer rank.
An army not recruited by the State; a mercenary force.
A bank owned and run by a small group of people (in Britain, the maximum number was traditionally ten, but this was increased under the 1967 Companies Act to twenty), each partner having unlimited liability.
A bath for private use; (now usually) = private bathroom.
A beach that is privately owned, especially by a hotel for the use of guests.
A legislative bill affecting the interests only of a particular body or individual
A personal telephone call to or from one's place of work.
= private detective.
A small hotel or guest house that is privately owned and managed
A house that is a private home, as distinct from a shop, office, or public building
A joke understood only by a select few.
Designating a product manufactured or packaged for sale under the name of the retailer rather than that of the manufacturer
A person’s personal relationships, interests, and activities as distinct from their public or professional life
A mass celebrated without a congregation, as in a private oratory. Formerly also derogatory (in early Protestant use): †a mass at which the congregation, though present, is not allowed to take communion (obsolete).
Income from investments, property, or inheritance, as opposed to earned income or state benefit
Used euphemistically to refer to a person’s genitals
A printing establishment operated on a small scale by a private person or group, in which the emphasis is on quality and individuality rather than profit
A road maintained at private (rather than public) expense, to which public access may or may not be limited, (now) especially one giving access to private property.
(In a club, hotel, etc.) a room which may be hired for private use; (in a hospital) a room which affords privacy for a patient, especially such a room provided on a fee-paying basis.
Trade carried on by an individual for his or her personal profit.
An event attended by invited guests at which an art exhibition may be seen before it is opened to the public
A hospital ward, usually containing a single bed, that gives a patient privacy or is for fee-paying patients.
= private line.
The realm of personal thoughts, perceptions, interests, etc., within which one moves or lives; a person's private consciousness (frequently implying a degree of fantasy or isolation from the real world).
A bank account relating to one's personal (as opposed to business) assets; a credit account for personal purchases.
A person who owns and runs a private bank.
The operations of a private bank.
A company whose shares may not be offered to the public for sale and which operates under legal requirements less strict than those for a public company
The work of a private detective; investigation or activities characteristic of a private detective.
A family in its personal capacity, especially one occupying a private home; a family household as distinct from an institution, commercial establishment, etc.
= private road.
Work undertaken by a private detective; usually attributive.
(In the UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand) a member of a parliament who is not a minister or does not hold government office
A number that is ex-directory.
A patient who is receiving private medical treatment
A school supported by a private organization or private individuals rather than by the government
The part of the national economy that is not under direct government control