Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A private friend; a confidant.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A private friend; a confidential friend; a confidant.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A private or intimate friend; a court favorite.
  • n. A private soldier or inferior (non-commissioned) officer.

Etymologies

Spanish, from Latin privatus. (Wiktionary)

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  • He bears a very profligate character as to women (for I inquired particularly about that), and is Mr. Lovelace's more especial privado, with whom he holds a regular correspondence...

    Mr. Brand to John Harlowe, Clarissa by Samuel Richardson

    January 1, 2008