semiprivate

adjective

semi·​pri·​vate ˌse-mē-ˈprī-vət How to pronounce semiprivate (audio)
ˌse-ˌmī-,
-mi-
variants or semi-private
1
a
: having some private and some public features
a semiprivate company
b
: private with some availability to the public
a semiprivate golf course
c
: providing some but not complete privacy
a semiprivate cubicle
2
a
: accommodating usually two or three patients
a semiprivate hospital room
outpatients monitored in semiprivate postoperative rooms
b
: staying or recovering in a room accommodating usually two or three patients
semiprivate inpatients
compare private sense 1e

Examples of semiprivate in a Sentence

a semiprivate room in a hospital
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Word History

First Known Use

1840, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of semiprivate was in 1840

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Cite this Entry

“Semiprivate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/semiprivate. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

semiprivate

adjective
semi·​pri·​vate ˌsem-i-ˈprī-vət How to pronounce semiprivate (audio)
ˌsem-ˌī-
: shared with one other or a few others
a semiprivate hospital room

Medical Definition

semiprivate

adjective
semi·​pri·​vate -ˈprī-vət How to pronounce semiprivate (audio)
: accommodating usually two or three patients
a semiprivate hospital room
outpatients monitored in semiprivate postoperative rooms
also : staying or recovering in a room accommodating usually two or three patients
semiprivate inpatients
compare private
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