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prior to before; until.
priory a religious house composed of either men or women.
prise to move or open with, or as if with, a lever; pry. [3 definitions]
prism a transparent, usu. glass solid with parallel ends of the same size and shape and parallelograms as sides, used to bend light so as to produce the continuous color spectrum of a rainbow. [2 definitions]
prismatic of, like, or relating to a prism. [4 definitions]
prismatic colors the colors that are visible when white light passes through a prism; red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet.
prison a building for confining criminals or those accused of crimes. [3 definitions]
prison camp a place for imprisoning prisoners of war. [2 definitions]
prisoner a person held under close guard or restraint, esp. while on trial for a criminal offense, after conviction of a crime, or as an enemy during wartime. [2 definitions]
prisoner of war a member of the armed forces who is taken captive by an enemy during wartime.
prissy overly proper; prim.
pristine of, pertaining to, or characteristic of the earliest period or original condition. [2 definitions]
privacy the condition of being removed from the view or presence of other people. [3 definitions]
private restricted to the participation or knowledge of specified people. [11 definitions]
private debt within a country or locality, the total amount of money owed to creditors by individuals, businesses, and nongovernmental organizations.
private detective a person whose job is to investigate criminal or secret activity at the request of paying clients.
private enterprise an economic system subject to limited government regulation in which the means of production are privately owned; free enterprise.
privateer a privately owned, armed ship commissioned by the state to attack or capture enemy ships in wartime. [3 definitions]
private eye (informal) a private detective.
private first class a soldier in the U.S. Army or Marine Corps ranking below a corporal and above a private.
private investigator a person whose job is to investigate criminal or secret activity at the request of paying clients; private detective.