private first class


Definition of private first class

: 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

Examples of private first class in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Murfitt is a private first class in the U.S. Army and is stationed at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, 6 Feb. 2022 He was discharged in August 1945 as a private first class, then worked as a forklift driver. New York Times, 6 Jan. 2022 He was discharged from the Army in August 1945 as a private first class. Leah Willingham And Rebecca Santana, Anchorage Daily News, 6 Jan. 2022 Brooks served overseas in Australia, New Guinea and the Philippines, earning his way to private first class. NBC News, 5 Jan. 2022 Jennifer Sewell, a private first class soldier, was last seen around 4 p.m. on Thursday leaving her on-post barracks, the Fort Hood Directorate of Emergency Services said Saturday. Fox News, 11 Oct. 2021 The Harrises still live in the townhouse where the young private first class grew up. Los Angeles Times, 9 Sep. 2021 Jacob Brittain was 21 back in 2008, a private first class in the Marines. Carl Nolte, San Francisco Chronicle, 21 Aug. 2021 Carvajal, who had recently completed his basic training, was a private first class awaiting assignment to a transportation unit, the Illinois National Guard said in a statement. Jeff Truesdell,, 5 July 2021 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'private first class.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of private first class

1918, in the meaning defined above

Learn More About private first class

Time Traveler for private first class

Time Traveler

The first known use of private first class was in 1918

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near private first class

private eye

private first class

private gold

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for private first class

Cite this Entry

“Private first class.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for private first class

private first class


Kids Definition of private first class

: an enlisted person in the army or marine corps ranking above a private


Test Your Vocabulary

Words Named After People

  • name tags
  • Namesake of the leotard, Jules Léotard had what profession?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!