1. The state of being in retirement from the company or observation of others; seclusion.
2. A place of seclusion from company or observation; retreat; solitude; retirement.
Her sacred privacies all open lie.Rowe.
3. Concealment of what is said or done. Shak.
4. A private matter; a secret. Fuller.
5. See Privity, 2. [Obs.] Arbuthnot.
(Pri*va"do) n. [Sp., fr. L. privatus. See Private.] A private friend; a confidential friend; a confidant.
(Pri"vate) a. [L. privatus apart from the state, peculiar to an individual, private, properly p. p.
of privare to bereave, deprive, originally, to separate, fr. privus single, private, perhaps originally, put
forward (hence, alone, single) and akin to prae before. See Prior, a., and cf. Deprive, Privy, a.]
1. Belonging to, or concerning, an individual person, company, or interest; peculiar to one's self; unconnected
with others; personal; one's own; not public; not general; separate; as, a man's private opinion; private property; a
private purse; private expenses or interests; a private secretary.
2. Sequestered from company or observation; appropriated to an individual; secret; secluded; lonely; solitary; as,
a private room or apartment; private prayer.
Reason . . . then retiresMilton.
Into her private cell when nature rests.
3. Not invested with, or engaged in, public office or employment; as, a private citizen; private life. Shak.
A private person may arrest a felon.Blackstone.
4. Not publicly known; not open; secret; as, a private negotiation; a private understanding.
5. Having secret or private knowledge; privy. [Obs.]
Private act or statute, a statute exclusively for the settlement of private and personal interests, of
which courts do not take judicial notice; opposed to a general law, which operates on the whole community.
Private nuisance or wrong. See Nuisance. Private soldier. See Private, n., 5. Private
way, a right of private passage over another man's ground. Kent.
1. A secret message; a personal unofficial communication. [Obs.] Shak.
2. Personal interest; particular business.[Obs.]
Nor must I be unmindful of my private.B. Jonson.
3. Privacy; retirement. [Archaic] "Go off; I discard you; let me enjoy my private." Shak.
4. One not invested with a public office. [Archaic]
What have kings, that privates have not too?Shak.
5. (Mil.) A common soldier; a soldier below the grade of a noncommissioned officer. Macaulay.