Webster 1913 Edition
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
privateexpenses or interests; a
Sequestered from company or observation; appropriated to an individual; secret; secluded; lonely; solitary;
privateroom or apartment;
Reason . . . then retires
privatecell when nature rests.
Not invested with, or engaged in, public office or employment;
privateperson may arrest a felon.
Not publicly known; not open; secret;
Having secret or private knowledge; privy.
A secret message; a personal unofficial communication.
Personal interest; particular business.
Nor must I be unmindful of my
[Archaic]“Go off; I discard you; let me enjoy my private.”
One not invested with a public office.
What have kings, that
privateshave not too?
A common soldier; a soldier below the grade of a noncommissioned officer.
The private parts; the genitals.
secretly; not openly or publicly.
Webster 1828 Edition
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.
1.A common soldier.