|a stew of meat, vegetables, potatoes, etc.|
|the offspring of a zebra and a donkey.|
|1.||not widely or publicly known: they had private reasons for the decision|
|2.||confidential; secret: a private conversation|
|3.||not for general or public use: a private bathroom|
|4.||(prenominal) individual; special: my own private recipe|
|5.||(prenominal) having no public office, rank, etc: a private man|
|6.||(prenominal) denoting a soldier of the lowest military rank: a private soldier|
|7.||of, relating to, or provided by a private individual or organization, rather than by the state or a public body: the private sector; private housing|
|8.||(of a place) retired; sequestered; not overlooked|
|9.||(of a person) reserved; uncommunicative|
|10.||in private in secret; confidentially|
|11.||a soldier of the lowest rank, sometimes separated into qualification grades, in many armies and marine corps: private first class|
|[C14: from Latin prīvātus belonging to one individual, withdrawn from public life, from prīvāre to deprive, bereave]|
in most armies, the lowest grade of enlisted personnel. In the armies of the United States, Germany, and France, a private ranks below a private first class, who in turn ranks below a corporal. In the army of the People's Republic of China, private second class ranks below private first class. The grade equivalent to private in other branches of the armed services in the United States varies; in the U.S. Navy it is seaman, in the U.S. Air Force, airman.
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