semiprivate

adjective
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
Recent Examples on the Web 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

1876, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of semiprivate was in 1876

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1 Apr 2020

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“Semiprivate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/semiprivate. Accessed 7 Apr. 2020.

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semiprivate

adjective
How to pronounce semiprivate (audio)

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

: 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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