semiprivate

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

Definition of semiprivate

1a : 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
2a : 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
Recent Examples on the Web Residents also have access to various facilities, including tennis courts, basketball courts, a playground and the semiprivate beach. Angela Serratore, New York Times, "$750,000 Homes in California," 30 Mar. 2020 Consider the ways in which private physical spaces (like bedrooms), along with semiprivate spaces like motels, bathhouses, and dance clubs, created their own expectations of privacy. Tim Wu, The New York Review of Books, "Bigger Brother," 24 Mar. 2020 Total Bill: $29,894.50, including $16,480 for room and board in a semiprivate psychiatric room and $3,999 for the ER. Kaiser Health News, oregonlive, "The bill for grief? For this woman, it was $21,634.55.," 2 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of semiprivate

1840, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Semiprivate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/semiprivate. Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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semiprivate

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of semiprivate

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

semiprivate

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

Medical Definition of semiprivate

: 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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