Synonyms of private in English:

private


See definition of private

adjective

1‘his private plane’

SYNONYMS

personal, one's own, individual, particular, special, exclusive, privately owned

ANTONYMS

public

2‘his private talks with the UK prime minister’

SYNONYMS

confidential, strictly confidential, secret, top secret, classified, unofficial, off the record, not for publication, not to be made public, not to be disclosed, closet

backstage, offstage, privileged, one-on-one, tête-à-tête

covert, clandestine, surreptitious

in camera

informal hush-hush

ANTONYMS

open, public

3‘their private thoughts on the subject’

SYNONYMS

intimate, personal, secret

innermost, inward, unspoken, undeclared, undisclosed, unvoiced, sneaking, hidden

4‘he was a very private man’

SYNONYMS

reserved, introvert, introverted, self-contained, reticent, discreet, uncommunicative, non-communicative, media-shy, unforthcoming, secretive, retiring, ungregarious, unsocial, unsociable, withdrawn, solitary, insular, reclusive, hermit-like, hermitic

ANTONYMS

extrovert

5‘he hustled her away, searching for some private spot’

SYNONYMS

secluded, secret, quiet, undisturbed, concealed, hidden, remote, isolated, out of the way, sequestered

ANTONYMS

busy, crowded

6‘we can phone from the library—we'll be private in there’

SYNONYMS

undisturbed, uninterrupted, without disturbance, without interruption

alone, by ourselves

7‘he would continue to represent her in a private capacity as advisor and confidant’

SYNONYMS

unofficial, personal, non-official, non-public

ANTONYMS

official

8‘80 per cent of the funding came from private industry’

SYNONYMS

independent, non-state-controlled, non-state-run, privatized, denationalized, non-public, commercial, private-enterprise

ANTONYMS

public, nationalized, state-controlled


noun

1‘a private in the army’

SYNONYMS

private soldier, common soldier

infantryman, foot soldier, trooper

British sapper, ranker

GI, enlisted man

poilu

Indian jawan

British informal Tommy, squaddie, Tommy Atkins

North American informal grunt, buck private

NZ Australian informal digger

South African informal troopie

archaic swad, swaddy


Phrases

    in private

      ‘the inquiry will be held in private’

      SYNONYMS

      in secret, secretly, in secrecy, privately, behind closed doors, in camera, with no one else present

      in confidence, confidentially, between ourselves, off the record

      sub rosa

      entre nous, à huis clos

      ANTONYMS

      in public