Meaning of “private” - Learner’s Dictionary


adjective us uk /ˈpraɪvɪt/
Extra Examples
He's a member of an exclusive private club.She had an expensive private education.Her parents employed a private tutor.She's having private lessons on a one-to-one basis.There was a 'private property' sign nailed to the tree.

B1 only for one person or group and not for everyone:

Each room has a balcony and a private bathroom.
You can't park here - this is private property.

B2 controlled by or paid for by a person or company and not by the government:

Charles went to a private school.

B1 If information or an emotion is private, you do not want other people to know about it:

This is a private matter - it doesn't concern you.
in private

B2 If you do something in private, you do it where other people cannot see or hear you:

I need to talk to you in private.
sb's private life

someone's personal relationships and activities and not their work


A place which is private is quiet and there are no other people there to see or hear what you are doing:

Is there somewhere private where we can talk?
privately adverb

(Definition of “private adjective” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)