Pronunciation: (prī'vit),[key] —adj. 1. belonging to some particular person: private property. 2. pertaining to or affecting a particular person or a small group of persons; individual; personal: for your private satisfaction. 3. confined to or intended only for the persons immediately concerned; confidential: a private meeting. 4. personal and not publicly expressed: one's private feelings. 5. not holding public office or employment: private citizens. 6. not of an official or public character: private life. 7. removed from or out of public view or knowledge; secret: private papers. 8. not open or accessible to the general public: a private beach. 9. undertaken individually or personally: private research. 10. without the presence of others; alone.
11. solitary; secluded.
12. preferring privacy; retiring: a very private person. 13. intimate; most personal: private behavior. 14. of, having, or receiving special hospital facilities, privileges, and services, esp. a room of one's own and liberal visiting hours: a private room; a private patient. 15. of lowest military rank.
16. of, pertaining to, or coming from nongovernmental sources: private funding.
—n. 1. a soldier of one of the three lowest enlisted ranks.
2. privates. See private parts. 3. in private, not publicly; secretly: The hearing will be conducted in private.