any of a genus (Ligustrum) of shrubs or trees of the olive family, with bluish-black berries and spikes of white flowers, often grown for hedges; esp., the (L. vulgare)
Origin of privet; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
- Any of various shrubs of the genus Ligustrum, especially L. vulgare, having opposite leaves and clusters of white flowers and widely used for hedges.
- Any of several similar or related plants.
Origin of privetOrigin unknown.
- Any of various shrubs and small trees in the genus Ligustrum.
Unknown origin, but possibly connected to prime.
From Russian приве́т (privét, “hello, hi”)