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prettification
noun see prettify
prettifier
noun see prettify
prettify
transitive verb (-fied; -fying) Date: 1850 to make pretty • prettification noun • prettifier noun
prettily
adverb see pretty I
prettiness
noun Date: 1617 1. the quality or state of being pretty 2. something pretty
pretty
I. adjective (prettier; -est) Etymology: Middle English praty, prety, from Old English prættig tricky, from prætt trick; akin to Old Norse prettr trick Date: before 12th ...
pretty boy
noun Date: 1885 a man who is notably good-looking; also dandy 1
pretty much
phrasal mainly, largely
prettyish
adjective see pretty I
pretzel
noun Etymology: German Brezel, ultimately from Latin brachiatus having branches like arms, from brachium arm — more at brace Date: circa 1838 a brittle or chewy glazed ...
Preussen
geographical name see Prussia
prev
abbreviation previous; previously
prevail
intransitive verb Etymology: Middle English, from Latin praevalēre, from prae- pre- + valēre to be strong — more at wield Date: 15th century 1. to gain ascendancy through ...
prevalence
noun Date: 1713 1. the quality or state of being prevalent 2. the degree to which something is prevalent; especially the percentage of a population that is affected with a ...
prevalent
adjective Etymology: Latin praevalent-, praevalens very powerful, from present participle of praevalēre Date: 1576 1. archaic powerful 2. being in ascendancy ; dominant ...
prevalently
adverb see prevalent
prevaricate
intransitive verb (-cated; -cating) Etymology: Latin praevaricatus, past participle of praevaricari to act in collusion, literally, to straddle, from prae- + varicare to ...
prevarication
noun see prevaricate
prevaricator
noun see prevaricate
prevenient
adjective Etymology: Latin praevenient-, praeveniens, present participle of praevenire Date: circa 1656 antecedent, anticipatory • preveniently adverb
preveniently
adverb see prevenient
prevent
verb Etymology: Middle English, to anticipate, from Latin praeventus, past participle of praevenire to come before, anticipate, forestall, from prae- + venire to come — more ...
preventability
noun see prevent
preventable
adjective see prevent
preventative
adjective or noun Date: circa 1666 preventive
preventer
noun see prevent
preventible
adjective see prevent
prevention
noun Date: 1582 the act of preventing or hindering
preventive
I. noun Date: circa 1639 something that prevents; especially something used to prevent disease II. adjective Date: circa 1626 devoted to or concerned with prevention ; ...
preventively
adverb see preventive II
preventiveness
noun see preventive II
preverbal
adjective Date: 1921 1. occurring before the verb 2. having not yet acquired the faculty of speech
preview
I. transitive verb Date: 1607 1. to see beforehand; specifically to view or to show in advance of public presentation 2. to give a preliminary survey of • previewer ...
previewer
noun see preview I
previous
adjective Etymology: Latin praevius leading the way, from prae- pre- + via way — more at way Date: 1625 1. going before in time or order ; prior 2. acting too soon ; ...
previous question
noun Date: circa 1715 a parliamentary motion to put the pending question to an immediate vote without further debate or amendment that if defeated has the effect of permitting ...
previous to
preposition Date: 1698 prior to, before
previously
adverb see previous
previousness
noun see previous
prevision
I. noun Etymology: Middle English previsioun, from Middle French prevision, from Late Latin praevision-, praevisio, from Latin praevidēre to foresee, from prae- + vidēre to ...
previsional
adjective see prevision I
previsionary
adjective see prevision I
prevocalic
adjective Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary Date: 1899 immediately preceding a vowel
prevocational
adjective Date: 1914 given or required before admission to a vocational school
Prévost d'Exiles
biographical name Antoine-François 1697-1763 Abbé Prévost French writer
prevue
noun see preview II, 3
prewriting
noun Date: 1968 the formulation and organization of ideas preparatory to writing
prex
noun see prexy
prexy
also prex noun (plural prexies; also prexes) Etymology: prexy from prex, by shortening & alteration from president Date: 1828 slang president — used chiefly of a college ...
prey
I. noun (plural prey; also preys) Etymology: Middle English preie, from Anglo-French, from Latin praeda; akin to Latin prehendere to grasp, seize — more at get Date: 13th ...
preyer
noun see prey II
prez
noun (plural prezes) Etymology: by shortening & alteration Date: 1936 slang president
prf
abbreviation proof
Priam
noun Etymology: Latin Priamus, from Greek Priamos Date: 14th century the father of Hector, Paris, and Cassandra and king of Troy during the Trojan War
priapic
adjective Etymology: Latin priapus lecher, from Priapus Date: 1786 1. phallic 2. relating to or preoccupied with virility or male sexual excitement
priapism
noun Etymology: French priapisme, from Middle French, ultimately from Greek Priapos (traditionally portrayed in Greco-Roman art with an erect penis) Date: 1601 an abnormal ...
Priapus
noun Etymology: Latin, from Greek Priapos Date: 14th century a Greek and Roman god of gardens and male generative power
Pribilof Islands
geographical name islands Alaska in Bering Sea
Price
biographical name (Mary) Leontyne 1927- American soprano
price
I. noun Etymology: Middle English pris, from Anglo-French, from Latin pretium price, money; probably akin to Sanskrit prati- against, in return — more at pros- Date: 13th ...
price index
noun Date: 1886 an index number expressing the level of a group of commodity prices relative to the level of the prices of the same commodities during an arbitrarily chosen ...
price point
noun Date: 1900 the standard price set by the manufacturer for a product
price support
noun Date: 1945 artificial maintenance of prices (as of a raw material) at some predetermined level usually through government action
price tag
noun Date: 1881 1. a tag on merchandise showing the price at which it is offered for sale 2. price, cost
price war
noun Date: 1925 commercial competition characterized by the repeated cutting of prices below those of competitors
price-cutter
noun Date: 1901 one that reduces prices especially to a level designed to cripple competition • price-cutting noun
price-cutting
noun see price-cutter
price-earnings ratio
noun Date: 1961 a measure of the value of a common stock determined as the ratio of its market price to its annual earnings per share and usually expressed as a simple numeral
price-fixing
noun Date: 1920 the setting of prices artificially (as by producers or government) contrary to free market operations
priced
adjective Date: 1733 having a specified price — used in combination
priceless
adjective Date: 1594 1. a. having a value beyond any price ; invaluable b. costly because of rarity or quality ; precious 2. having worth in terms of other than market ...
pricelessly
adverb see priceless
pricer
noun see price II
pricey
also pricy adjective (pricier; -est) Date: 1932 expensive
Prichard
geographical name city SW Alabama N of Mobile population 28,633
prick
I. noun Etymology: Middle English prikke, from Old English prica; akin to Middle Dutch pric prick Date: before 12th century 1. a mark or shallow hole made by a pointed ...
prick up one's ears
phrasal to listen intently
pricker
noun Date: 14th century 1. one that pricks 2. a. thorn, prickle b. briar
pricket
noun Etymology: Middle English priket, from prikke Date: 15th century 1. a. a spike on which a candle is stuck b. a candlestick with such a point 2. a buck in the ...
prickle
I. noun Etymology: Middle English prikle, from Old English pricle; akin to Old English prica prick Date: 15th century 1. a fine sharp process or projection; especially a ...
prickliness
noun see prickly
prickly
adjective (pricklier; -est) Date: 1578 1. full of or covered with prickles; especially distinguished from related kinds by the presence of prickles 2. marked by prickling ; ...
prickly ash
noun Date: 1709 a prickly aromatic North American shrub or small tree (Zanthoxylum americanum) of the rue family with yellowish flowers
prickly heat
noun Date: 1736 a noncontagious cutaneous eruption of red pimples with intense itching and tingling caused by inflammation around the sweat ducts
prickly pear
noun Date: 1612 1. opuntia; especially any of those with flat spiny joints — called also prickly pear cactus — compare cholla 2. the pulpy pear-shaped edible fruit of ...
prickly pear cactus
noun see prickly pear
prickly poppy
noun Date: 1724 any of a genus (Argemone) of plants of the poppy family with white or yellow flowers and prickly leaves and fruits
pricy
adjective see pricey
Pride
biographical name Thomas died 1658 English Parliamentarian commander
pride
I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English prȳde, from prūd proud — more at proud Date: before 12th century 1. the quality or state of being proud: as a. ...
pride of place
Date: 1605 the highest or first position
prideful
adjective Date: 15th century full of pride: as a. disdainful, haughty b. exultant, elated • pridefully adverb • pridefulness noun
pridefully
adverb see prideful
pridefulness
noun see prideful
prie-dieu
noun (plural prie-dieux) Etymology: French, literally, pray God Date: 1760 1. a kneeling bench designed for use by a person at prayer and fitted with a raised shelf on which ...
prier
also pryer noun Date: 1552 one that pries; especially an inquisitive person
priest
noun Etymology: Middle English preist, from Old English prēost, ultimately from Late Latin presbyter — more at presbyter Date: before 12th century one authorized to ...
priest-ridden
adjective Date: 1653 controlled or oppressed by priests
priestess
noun Date: 1654 1. a woman authorized to perform the sacred rites of a religion 2. a woman regarded as a leader (as of a movement)
priesthood
noun Date: before 12th century 1. the office, dignity, or character of a priest 2. the whole body of priests 3. elite 1
Priestley
I. biographical name John Boynton 1894-1984 English author II. biographical name Joseph 1733-1804 English clergyman & chemist
priestliness
noun see priestly
priestly
adjective Date: before 12th century 1. of or relating to a priest or the priesthood ; sacerdotal 2. characteristic of or befitting a priest • priestliness noun
prig
I. noun Etymology: prig to steal Date: 1610 thief II. noun Etymology: probably from 1prig Date: 1676 1. archaic fop 2. archaic fellow, person 3. one who offends or ...
priggery
noun see prig II
priggish
adjective see prig II
priggishly
adverb see prig II
priggishness
noun see prig II
priggism
noun Date: circa 1805 stilted adherence to convention
Prigogine
biographical name Ilya 1917- Belgian (Russian-born) chemist
prill
I. transitive verb Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1944 to convert (as a molten solid) into spherical pellets usually by forming into drops in a spray and allowing the ...
prim
I. transitive verb (primmed; primming) Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1706 1. to give a prim or demure expression to 2. to dress primly II. adjective (primmer; ...
prima ballerina
noun Etymology: Italian, leading ballerina Date: 1870 the principal female dancer in a ballet company
prima donna
noun (plural prima donnas) Etymology: Italian, literally, first lady Date: 1782 1. a principal female singer in an opera or concert organization 2. a vain or undisciplined ...
prima facie
I. adverb Etymology: Middle English, from Latin Date: 15th century at first view ; on the first appearance II. adjective Date: 1800 1. true, valid, or sufficient at first ...
primacy
noun Date: 14th century 1. the state of being first (as in importance, order, or rank) ; preeminence 2. the office, rank, or preeminence of an ecclesiastical primate
primal
adjective Etymology: Medieval Latin primalis, from Latin primus first — more at prime Date: 1602 1. original, primitive 2. first in importance ; primary
primal scream therapy
noun Date: 1971 psychotherapy in which the patient recalls and reenacts a particularly disturbing past experience usually occurring early in life and expresses normally ...
primal therapy
noun see primal scream therapy
primality
noun Date: 1919 the property of being a prime number
primarily
adverb Date: 1601 1. for the most part ; chiefly 2. in the first place ; originally
primary
I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Late Latin primarius basic, primary, from Latin, principal, from primus Date: 15th century 1. first in order of time or ...
primary atypical pneumonia
noun Date: circa 1944 any of a group of pneumonias (as Q fever and psittacosis) caused especially by viruses, mycoplasmas, rickettsias, and chlamydias
primary care
noun Date: 1970 health care provided by a medical professional (as a general practitioner, pediatrician, or nurse) with whom a patient has initial contact and by whom the ...
primary cell
noun Date: 1902 a cell that converts chemical energy into electrical energy by irreversible chemical reactions
primary coil
noun see primary II
primary color
noun Date: 1817 any of a set of colors from which all other colors may be derived
primary health care
noun see primary care
primary meristem
noun Date: 1875 meristem (as procambium) derived from the apical meristem
primary root
noun Date: 1877 the root of a plant that develops first and originates from the radicle
primary school
noun Date: 1802 1. a school usually including the first three grades of elementary school but sometimes also including kindergarten 2. elementary school
primary syphilis
noun Date: circa 1890 the first stage of syphilis that is marked by the development of a chancre and the spread of the causative spirochete in the tissues of the body
primary tooth
noun Date: circa 1898 milk tooth
primary wall
noun Date: 1925 the first-formed wall of a plant cell that is produced around the protoplast and usually has plasmodesmata
primate
noun Etymology: Middle English primat, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin primat-, primas archbishop, from Latin, leader, from primus Date: 13th century 1. often ...
primateship
noun see primate
primatial
adjective see primate
primatological
adjective see primatology
primatologist
noun see primatology
primatology
noun Date: 1926 the study of primates especially other than recent humans (Homo sapiens) • primatological adjective • primatologist noun
primavera
adjective Etymology: Italian (alla) primavera in the style of springtime Date: 1976 served with a mixture of fresh vegetables (as zucchini, snow peas, and broccoli) — ...
prime
I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English prīm, from Latin prima hora first hour Date: before 12th century 1. a. often capitalized the second of the canonical ...
prime coat
noun see primer II
prime cost
noun Date: 1698 the combined total of raw material and direct labor costs incurred in production; broadly cost less vendor's or agent's commission for charges
prime interest rate
noun see prime rate
prime meridian
noun Date: circa 1859 the meridian of 0 degrees longitude which runs through the original site of the Royal Observatory at Greenwich, England, and from which other longitudes ...
prime minister
noun Date: 1655 1. the chief minister of a ruler or state 2. the official head of a cabinet or ministry; especially the chief executive of a parliamentary government • ...
prime ministerial
adjective see prime minister
prime ministership
noun see prime minister
prime ministry
noun see prime minister
prime mover
noun Etymology: translation of Medieval Latin primus motor Date: 1809 1. a. an initial source of motive power (as a windmill, waterwheel, turbine, or internal ...
prime number
noun Date: 1570 any integer other than 0 or ± 1 that is not divisible without remainder by any other integers except ± 1 and ± the integer itself
prime rate
noun Date: 1958 an interest rate formally announced by a bank to be the lowest available at a particular time to its most credit-worthy customers — called also prime ...
prime the pump
phrasal to take steps to encourage the growth or functioning of something
prime time
noun Date: 1958 1. the time period when the television or radio audience is the largest; also television shows shown in prime time 2. the choicest or busiest time 3. big ...
prime-time
adjective see prime time
primely
adverb see prime II
primeness
noun see prime II
primer
I. noun Etymology: Middle English, layperson's prayer book, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin primarium, from Late Latin, neuter of primarius primary Date: 14th century ...
primero
noun Etymology: modification of Spanish primera, from feminine of primer first, from Latin primarius Date: 1533 a card game popular in the 16th and 17th centuries
primeval
adjective Etymology: Latin primaevus, from primus first + aevum age — more at aye Date: 1662 1. of or relating to the earliest ages (as of the world or human history) ; ...
primevally
adverb see primeval
priming
noun Date: 1598 1. the act of one that primes 2. the explosive used in priming a charge 3. primer II,2
primipara
noun (plural -ras or primiparae) Etymology: Latin, from primus first + -para -para Date: circa 1842 1. an individual bearing a first offspring 2. an individual that has ...
primiparous
adjective see primipara
primitive
I. adjective Etymology: Middle English primitif, from Latin primitivus first formed, from primitiae first fruits, from primus first — more at prime Date: 14th century 1. ...
primitive streak
noun Date: 1854 an elongated band of cells that forms along the axis of a developing fertilized egg early in gastrulation and that is considered a forerunner of the neural ...
primitively
adverb see primitive I
primitiveness
noun see primitive I
primitivism
noun Date: 1861 1. primitive practices or procedures; also a primitive quality or state 2. a. belief in the superiority of a simple way of life close to nature b. ...
primitivist
noun or adjective see primitivism
primitivistic
adjective see primitivism
primitivity
noun see primitive I
primly
adverb see prim II
primness
noun see prim II
primo
I. noun (plural primos) Etymology: Italian, from primo first, from Latin primus Date: 1792 the first or leading part (as in a duet or trio) II. adverb Etymology: Latin, from ...
Primo de Rivera y Orbaneja
biographical name Miguel 1870-1930 Marqués de Estella Spanish general & politician
primogenitor
noun Etymology: Late Latin, from Latin primus + genitor begetter, from gignere to beget — more at kin Date: 1654 ancestor, forefather
primogeniture
noun Etymology: Late Latin primogenitura, from Latin primus + genitura birth, from genitus, past participle of gignere Date: 1602 1. the state of being the firstborn of the ...
primordial
adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Late Latin primordialis, from Latin primordium origin, from primus first + ordiri to begin — more at prime, order Date: 14th ...
primordial soup
noun Date: 1969 a mixture of organic molecules in evolutionary theory from which life on earth originated
primordially
adverb see primordial
primordium
noun (plural primordia) Etymology: New Latin, from Latin Date: 1855 the rudiment or commencement of a part or organ
Primorski Krai
or Primorskiy Kray geographical name — see Maritime Territory
Primorskiy Kray
I. geographical name see Maritime Territory II. geographical name see Primorski Krai
primp
verb Etymology: perhaps alteration of 1prim Date: 1801 transitive verb to dress, adorn, or arrange in a careful or finicky manner intransitive verb to dress or groom ...
primrose
noun Etymology: Middle English primerose, from Anglo-French, from prime first + rose rose — more at prime, rose Date: 14th century any of a genus (Primula of the family ...
Primrose
biographical name Archibald Philip — see Rosebery
primrose path
noun Date: 1601 1. a path of ease or pleasure and especially sensual pleasure 2. a path of least resistance
primrose yellow
noun Date: 1882 1. a light to moderate greenish yellow 2. a light to moderate yellow
primula
noun Etymology: New Latin, from Medieval Latin, from primula veris, literally, first fruit of spring Date: 1753 primrose
primum mobile
noun (plural primum mobiles) Etymology: Middle English, from Medieval Latin, literally, first moving thing Date: 15th century the outermost concentric sphere conceived in ...
primum non nocere
foreign term Etymology: Latin the first thing (is) to do no harm
primus
noun Usage: often capitalized Etymology: Medieval Latin, one who is first, magnate, from Latin, first — more at prime Date: 1724 the presiding bishop of the Scottish ...
primus inter pares
noun Etymology: Latin Date: 1813 first among equals
prin
abbreviation 1. principal 2. principle
prince
noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin princip-, princeps leader, initiator, from primus first + capere to take — more at heave Date: 13th century 1. ...
Prince Albert
I. noun Etymology: Prince Albert Edward (later Edward VII king of England) Date: 1884 a double-breasted frock coat with the upper part fitted to the body II. geographical ...
Prince Albert National Park
geographical name reservation Canada in central Saskatchewan in watershed area
Prince Charming
noun Etymology: Prince Charming, hero of the fairy tale Cinderella by Charles Perrault Date: 1856 a suitor who fulfills the dreams of his beloved; also a man of often ...
prince consort
noun (plural princes consort) Date: 1858 the husband of a reigning queen
Prince Edward Island
geographical name island SE Canada in Gulf of Saint Lawrence off E New Brunswick & N Nova Scotia; a province capital Charlottetown area 2185 square miles (5660 square ...
Prince Edward Island National Park
geographical name reservation Canada on N coast of Prince Edward Island
Prince George
geographical name city Canada in E central British Columbia population 72,406
Prince of Wales
Date: 15th century the male heir apparent to the British throne — used as a title only after it has been specifically conferred by the sovereign
Prince of Wales Island
geographical name 1. island SE Alaska; largest in Alexander Archipelago 2. island N Canada between Victoria Island & Somerset Island area 12,830 square miles (33,358 square ...
Prince of Wales, Cape
geographical name cape Alaska at W tip of Seward Peninsula; most westerly point of mainland of North America, at 168°W
Prince Rupert's Land
geographical name historical region N & W Canada comprising drainage basin of Hudson Bay granted 1670 by King Charles II to Hudson's Bay Company; purchased 1869 by Canada
Prince William Sound
geographical name inlet of Gulf of Alaska S Alaska E of Kenai Peninsula
prince's feather
noun Date: 1629 a showy widely cultivated annual plant (Amaranthus hypochondriacus or A. cruentus) of the amaranth family having dense usually red spikes of flowers
princedom
noun Date: 1560 1. the jurisdiction, sovereignty, rank, or estate of a prince 2. principality 3 — usually used in plural
princelet
noun Date: 1682 princeling
princeliness
noun Date: 1571 1. princely conduct or character 2. luxury, magnificence
princeling
noun Date: 1794 a petty or insignificant prince
princely
adjective (princelier; -est) Date: 15th century 1. of or relating to a prince ; royal 2. befitting a prince ; noble, magnificent • princely adverb
princeship
noun see prince
princess
I. noun Date: 14th century 1. archaic a woman having sovereign power 2. a female member of a royal family; especially a daughter or granddaughter of a sovereign 3. the ...
Princess Royal
noun (plural Princesses Royal) Date: circa 1649 the eldest daughter of a British sovereign — a title granted for life and used only after it has been specifically conferred ...
princesse
adjective see princess II
principal
I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin principalis, from princip-, princeps Date: 14th century 1. most important, consequential, or influential ...
principal diagonal
noun Date: 1964 the diagonal in a square matrix that runs from upper left to lower right
Priscian
biographical name flourished A.D. 500 Priscianus Caesariensis Latin grammarian at Constantinople
prise
chiefly British variant of prize V
prism
noun Etymology: Late Latin prismat-, prisma, from Greek, literally, anything sawn, from priein to saw Date: 1570 1. a polyhedron with two polygonal faces lying in parallel ...
prismatic
adjective Date: 1709 1. relating to, resembling, or constituting a prism 2. a. formed by a prism b. resembling the colors formed by refraction of light through a prism ...
prismatically
adverb see prismatic
prismatoid
noun Etymology: Late Latin prismat-, prisma prism Date: circa 1890 a polyhedron that has all of its vertices in two parallel planes
prismoid
noun Date: circa 1704 a prismatoid whose parallel bases have the same number of sides • prismoidal adjective
prismoidal
adjective see prismoid
prison
I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin prehension-, prehensio act of seizing, from prehendere to seize — more at get Date: 12th century 1. a state ...
prison camp
noun Date: 1864 1. a camp for the confinement of reasonably trustworthy prisoners usually employed on government projects 2. a camp for prisoners of war or political ...
prisoner
noun Date: 14th century 1. a person deprived of liberty and kept under involuntary restraint, confinement, or custody; especially one on trial or in prison 2. someone ...
prisoner of war
Date: 1660 a person captured in war; especially a member of the armed forces of a nation who is taken by the enemy during combat
prisoner's base
noun Date: circa 1773 a game in which players on each of two teams seek to tag and imprison players of the other team who have ventured out of their home territory
prissily
adverb see prissy
prissiness
noun see prissy
prissy
adjective (prissier; -est) Etymology: probably blend of prim and sissy Date: 1895 overly prim and precise ; finicky • prissily adverb • prissiness noun
pristane
noun Etymology: Latin pristis shark, sawfish; from its occurrence in the liver oils of sharks Date: 1923 an isoprenoid hydrocarbon C19H40 that usually accompanies phytane
pristine
adjective Etymology: Latin pristinus; akin to Latin prior Date: 1534 1. belonging to the earliest period or state ; original 2. a. not spoiled, corrupted, or polluted ...
pristinely
adverb see pristine
prithee
interjection Etymology: alteration of (I) pray thee Date: circa 1590 archaic — used to express a wish or request
priv
abbreviation private; privately
privacy
noun (plural -cies) Date: 15th century 1. a. the quality or state of being apart from company or observation ; seclusion b. freedom from unauthorized intrusion
privatdocent
noun see privatdozent
privatdozent
also privatdocent noun Usage: often capitalized Etymology: German Privatdozent, from privat private + Dozent teacher, from Latin docent-, docens, present participle of docēre ...
private
I. adjective Etymology: Middle English privat, from Anglo-French, from Latin privatus, from past participle of privare to deprive, release, from privus private, individual; ...
private detective
noun Date: 1861 private investigator
private enterprise
noun Date: 1844 free enterprise
private eye
noun Date: 1938 private investigator
private first class
noun Date: 1918 an enlisted man ranking in the army above a private and below a corporal and in the marine corps above a private and below a lance corporal
private investigator
noun Date: 1940 a person not a member of a police force who is licensed to do detective work (as investigation of suspected wrongdoing or searching for missing persons)
private label
noun Date: 1950 a label associated with a specific chain store; also a brand or product having a private label — usually hyphenated when used attributively
private law
noun Date: 1773 a branch of law concerned with private persons, property, and relationships — compare public law
private parts
noun plural Date: 1737 the external genital and excretory organs
private school
noun Date: 1665 a school that is established, conducted, and primarily supported by a nongovernmental agency
private treaty
noun Date: 1858 a sale of property on terms determined by conference of the seller and buyer — compare auction
privateer
noun Date: 1664 an armed private ship licensed to attack enemy shipping; also a sailor on such a ship • privateer intransitive verb
privately
adverb see private I
privateness
noun see private I
privation
noun Etymology: Middle English privacion, from Anglo-French, from Latin privation-, privatio, from privare to deprive Date: 14th century 1. an act or instance of depriving ; ...
privatise
British variant of privatize
privatism
noun Etymology: private Date: 1950 the attitude of being uncommitted to or avoiding involvement in anything beyond one's immediate interests
privative
I. adjective Date: 14th century constituting or predicating privation or absence of a quality • privatively adverb II. noun Date: 1588 a privative term, expression, or ...
privatively
adverb see privative I
privatization
noun see privatize

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