semi·​pri·​vate | \ ˌse-mē-ˈprī-vət How to pronounce semiprivate (audio) , ˌse-ˌmī-, -mi-\

Definition of semiprivate

: of, receiving, or associated with hospital service giving a patient more privileges than a ward patient but fewer than a private patient

Examples of semiprivate in a Sentence

a semiprivate room in a hospital

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Both the Queen and Prince Charles possess large semiprivate ancestral landholdings that serve as wellsprings of their wealth. David Mcclure, Town & Country, "How Queen Elizabeth's Fortune Is Divided Among the Members of the Royal Family," 16 Feb. 2019 The private or semiprivate and ephemeral nature of most Snaps reduces their shareability. Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, "Retweets Are Trash," 5 Mar. 2018 By contrast, Michelle Obama took her time to settle back into semiprivate life. The Washington Post,, "Michelle Obama's memoir 'Becoming' will be released in November," 25 Feb. 2018 The semiprivate space is reserved for premier and Gold Club members. Orange County Register, "Hotel industry in O.C. off to solid start with new deals in the works," 16 Jan. 2017 Her home backs up to the seventh tee of the 18-hole semiprivate course. Andrea Darr,, "Life on a golf course isn’t always about teeing off," 27 May 2017 This design gives every unit its own minifacade (in spirit, at least) and a semiprivate balcony – Jessie Scanlon, WIRED, "Making It Morph," 1 Feb. 2000

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First Known Use of semiprivate

1876, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of semiprivate

: available to a small number of people : providing some but not complete privacy
: shared by two patients


semi·​pri·​vate | \ -ˈprī-vət How to pronounce semiprivate (audio) \

Medical Definition of semiprivate

: of, receiving, or associated with hospital service giving a patient more privileges than a ward patient but fewer than a private patient a semiprivate room

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