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adjective par·tic·u·lar \pə(r)-ˈti-kyə-lər, -k(ə-)lər\

Simple Definition of particular

  • —used to indicate that one specific person or thing is being referred to and no others

  • : special or more than usual

  • : having very definite opinions about what is good or acceptable

Full Definition of particular

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or being a single person or thing <the particular person I had in mind>

  2. 2 obsolete :  partial

  3. 3 :  of, relating to, or concerned with details <gave us a very particular account of the trip>

  4. 4 a :  distinctive among other examples or cases of the same general category :  notably unusual <suffered from measles of particular severity> b :  being one unit or element among others <particular incidents in a story>

  5. 5 a :  denoting an individual member or subclass in logic b :  affirming or denying a predicate to a part of the subject —used of a proposition in logic <“some men are wise” is a particular affirmative>

  6. 6 a :  concerned over or attentive to details :  meticulous <a very particular gardener> b :  nice in taste :  fastidious c :  hard to please :  exacting

Examples of particular

  1. The computer program will be of particular interest to teachers.

  2. Pay particular attention to the poet's choice of words.

  3. Our teacher is very particular when it comes to punctuation.

Origin of particular

Middle English particuler, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin particularis, from Latin particula small part

First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of particular

circumstantial, minute, particular, detailed mean dealing with a matter fully and usually point by point. circumstantial implies fullness of detail that fixes something described in time and space <a circumstantial account of our visit>. minute implies close and searching attention to the smallest details <a minute examination of a fossil>. particular implies a precise attention to every detail <a particular description of the scene of the crime>. detailed stresses abundance or completeness of detail <a detailed analysis of the event>.

special, especial, specific, particular, individual mean of or relating to one thing or class. special stresses having a quality, character, identity, or use of its own <special ingredients>. especial may add implications of preeminence or preference <a matter of especial importance>. specific implies a quality or character distinguishing a kind or a species <children with specific nutritional needs>. particular stresses the distinctness of something as an individual <a ballet step of particular difficulty>. individual implies unequivocal reference to one of a class or group <valued each individual opinion>.



noun par·tic·u·lar

Simple Definition of particular

  • : a specific detail or piece of information

Full Definition of particular

  1. 1 archaic :  a separate part of a whole

  2. 2 a :  an individual fact, point, circumstance, or detail <a hero in every particular — Ron Fimrite> b :  a specific item or detail of information —usually used in plural <wanted to know all the particulars of the incident> <bill of particulars>

  3. 3 a :  an individual or a specific subclass (as in logic) falling under some general concept or term b :  a particular proposition in logic

in particular
  1. :  in distinction from others :  specifically

Examples of particular

  1. They wanted to know the facts down to every particular.

  2. <requested a bill of particulars for the care he received in the hospital>

15th Century

First Known Use of particular

15th century

Synonym Discussion of particular

item, detail, particular mean one of the distinct parts of a whole. item applies to each thing specified separately in a list or in a group of things that might be listed or enumerated <every item on the list>. detail applies to one of the small component parts of a larger whole such as a task, building, painting, narration, or process <leave the details to others>. particular stresses the smallness, singleness, and especially the concreteness of a detail or item <a description that included few particulars>.

PARTICULAR Defined for Kids



adjective par·tic·u·lar \pər-ˈti-kyə-lər\

Definition of particular

  1. 1 :  relating to one person or thing <Each city has its particular problems.>

  2. 2 :  not usual :  special <Pay particular attention to correct spelling.>

  3. 3 :  having strong opinions about what is acceptable <He's very particular about food.>

  4. 4 :  being one of several <Which particular bike would you like?>

  5. 5 :  concerned about details <Our teacher is very particular.>

par·tic·u·lar·ly adverb
in particular
  1. 1 :  that can be specifically named <I wasn't referring to anyone in particular.>

  2. 2 :  more specially than others :  especially <She loves flowers and roses in particular.>



noun par·tic·u·lar

Definition of particular

  1. :  a single fact or detail <The account was correct in every particular.>

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February 12, 2016

of, relating to, or suggestive of marble

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