PRI'VATE, adjective [Latin privatus, from privo, to bereave, properly to strip or separate; privus, singular, several, peculiar to one's self, that is, separate; rapio, diripio, eripio; privo for perivo or berivo.]
1. Properly, separate; unconnected with others; hence, peculiar to one's self; belonging to or concerning an individual only; as a man's private opinion, business or concerns; private property; the king's private purse; a man's private expenses. Charge the money to my private account in the company's books.
2. Peculiar to a number in a joint concern, to a company or body politic; as the private interest of a family, of a company or of a state; opposed to public, or to the general interest of nations.
3. Sequestered from company or observation; secret; secluded; as a private cell; a private room or apartment; private prayer.
4. Not publicly known; not open; as a private negotiation.
5. Not invested with public office or employment; as a private man or citizen; private lift.
A private person may arrest a felon.
6. Individual; personal; in contradistinction from public or national; as private interest.
Private way, in law, is a way or passage in which a man has an interest and right, though the ground may belong to another person. In common language, a private way may be a secret way, one not known or public.
A private act or statute, is one which operates on an individual or company only; opposed to a general law, which operates on the whole community.
A private nuance or wrong, is one which affects an individual.
In private secretly; not openly or publicly.
PRI'VATE, noun A secret message; particular business. [Unusual.]
1. A common soldier.