private company

noun British.
a company whose shareholders may not exceed 50 in number and whose shares may not be offered for public subscription.
Compare public company.


Origin:
1905–10

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private company
 
n
Compare public company a limited company that does not issue shares for public subscription and whose owners do not enjoy an unrestricted right to transfer their shareholdings

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Example sentences
They want to work for private company's where the competency and skill level is
  much higher.
University officials blamed a private company that facilitated the enrollment
  of the students for the situation.
However, since a private company, the company must be profitable to provide
  this educational benefit.
My student loans are serviced via a private company, and these private
  companies employ people.
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