ETYM Cf. Scot. privie, Prov. Eng. prim-print, primwort. Prob. for primet, and perh. named from being cut and trimmed. See, Prim, Prime to prune, Prim, n ., Prie.
Any of various Old World shrubs having smooth entire leaves and terminal panicles of small white flowers followed by small black berries; many used for hedges.
Any evergreen shrub of the genus Ligustrum of the olive family Oleaceae, with dark green leaves, including the European common privet l. vulgare, with white flowers and black berries, naturalized in North America, and the native North American California privet l. ovalifolium, also known as hedge privet.