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private British & World English

Belonging to or for the use of one particular person or group of people only

private English Thesaurus

his private plane

public–private British & World English

Involving investment from both the public and private sectors.

private Act British & World English

A British parliamentary Act affecting only the interests of a particular individual or small group of individuals (as a corporation, local area, etc.).

private bed British & World English

A hospital bed in which a patient has privacy.

private box British & World English

A box in a theatre which may be booked for the exclusive use of a group of people.

private car British & World English

Chiefly US, a privately owned and used railway carriage; (sometimes also) a railway carriage not available for public use.

private man British & World English

= private soldier.

in private British & World English

With no one else present

private eye British & World English

A private detective

private law British & World English

A branch of the law that deals with the relations between individuals or institutions, rather than relations between these and the state

private war British & World English

A feud between people or families that is conducted without regard to the law

high private British & World English

(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.

private army British & World English

An army not recruited by the State; a mercenary force.

private bank British & World English

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.

private bath British & World English

A bath for private use; (now usually) = private bathroom.

private beach British & World English

A beach that is privately owned, especially by a hotel for the use of guests.

private call British & World English

A personal telephone call to or from one's place of work.

private dick British & World English

= private detective.

private joke British & World English

A joke understood only by a select few.

private label British & World English

Designating a product manufactured or packaged for sale under the name of the retailer rather than that of the manufacturer

private mass British & World English

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).

private road British & World English

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.

private room British & World English

(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.

private trade British & World English

Trade carried on by an individual for his or her personal profit.

private ward British & World English

A hospital ward, usually containing a single bed, that gives a patient privacy or is for fee-paying patients.

private world British & World English

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).

private bill British & World English

A legislative bill affecting the interests only of a particular body or individual

private hotel British & World English

A small hotel or guest house that is privately owned and managed

private house British & World English

A house that is a private home, as distinct from a shop, office, or public building

private life British & World English

A person’s personal relationships, interests, and activities as distinct from their public or professional life

private means British & World English

Income from investments, property, or inheritance, as opposed to earned income or state benefit

private parts British & World English

A person’s genitals

private press British & World English

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

private view British & World English

An event attended by invited guests at which an art exhibition may be seen before it is opened to the public

private account British & World English

A bank account relating to one's personal (as opposed to business) assets; a credit account for personal purchases.

private banker British & World English

A person who owns and runs a private bank.

private banking British & World English

The operations of a private bank.

private-eyeing British & World English

The work of a private detective; investigation or activities characteristic of a private detective.

private family British & World English

A family in its personal capacity, especially one occupying a private home; a family household as distinct from an institution, commercial establishment, etc.

private inquiry British & World English

Work undertaken by a private detective; usually attributive.

private number British & World English

A number that is ex-directory.

private service British & World English

Service to an individual rather than to the community, state, etc.; (in later use) specifically domestic service in a private house.

private trader British & World English

A person who carries on trade for his or her personal profit.

private viewer British & World English

A person attending a private viewing.

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