What is the meaning of solitary private in the following text?

On its hood sat a solitary private, holding a stick with a white flag on it.

Is the word private for emphasizing the word solitary or it has another meaning?



No, the word "private" is not an adjective in the above. It's a noun referring to an army rank.

Take a look at entry #1 for "private" as a noun in the link below.


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