from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Shared with usually one to three other hospital patients: a semiprivate room.

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  • adj. More private than usual accommodations, but not fully private; used especially of a hospital room that is shared by two patients in contradistinction to a ward containing many patients.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. confined to a small number of hospital patients


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  • It was some sort of semiprivate inside joke they shared, a running satire on the macho school jocks who always greeted one another in a similar fashion.


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