ETYM Latin privatus apart from the state, peculiar to an individual, private, properly p. p. of privare to bereave, deprive, originally, to separate, from privus single, private. Related to Prior, Deprive, Privy.
1. Concerning things deeply private and personal.
2. Confined to particular persons or groups or providing privacy.
A keyword used in some programming languages to signify that methods or variables can be accessed only by elements residing in the same class or module. See also class, keyword (definition 2), local variable, reserved word, scope. Compare public.
An enlisted man of the lowest rank; SYN. buck private, common soldier.