par·​tic·​u·​lar | \ pər-ˈti-kyə-lər How to pronounce particular (audio) , pə-, -k(ə-)lər \

Definition of particular

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or being a single person or thing the particular person I had in mind
2 : of, relating to, or concerned with details gave us a very particular account of the trip
3a : distinctive among other examples or cases of the same general category : notably unusual suffered from measles of particular severity This computer program will be of particular interest to teachers.
b : being one unit or element among others particular incidents in a story
4a : concerned over or attentive to details : meticulous a very particular gardener
b : nice in taste : fastidious She's very particular about her clothes.
c : hard to please : exacting never loses patience even with the most particular customers
5a : 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 obsolete : partial



Definition of particular (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : 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 pluralwanted to know all the particulars of the incidentbill of particulars
2a : an individual or a specific subclass (as in logic) falling under some general concept or term
b : a particular proposition in logic
in particular
: in distinction from others : specifically
3 archaic : a separate part of a whole

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Synonyms & Antonyms for particular

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

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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


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

Examples of particular in a Sentence

Adjective The computer program will be of particular interest to teachers. Pay particular attention to the poet's choice of words. Our teacher is very particular when it comes to punctuation. Noun They wanted to know the facts down to every particular. requested a bill of particulars for the care he received in the hospital
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective And the Texans in particular, have had a huge transformation in their roster from training camp, which makes looking at season long numbers versus now a little suspect. Stephanie Stradley, Houston Chronicle, "Stephanie Stradley’s Texans-Chiefs playoff Q&A with Pete Sweeney," 10 Jan. 2020 But within Europe, there appear to be disagreements over the way forward, with France, in particular, seen to be more supportive of Hifter. Washington Post, "Libya’s war could be a snapshot of the 21st century’s new normal," 10 Jan. 2020 Lee, in particular, has been a leader of efforts to withdraw American support for Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen; Paul has joined him in this endeavor. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "The Ulterior Motives of the Anti-War Right," 10 Jan. 2020 In electric utilities in particular, digitally inducing a blackout would require far more sophistication than the techniques Dragos describes in its report. Andy Greenberg, Wired, "Iranian Hackers Have Been ‘Password-Spraying’ the US Grid," 9 Jan. 2020 Stewart, in particular, shines with a combination of steely nerves and harrowing expressions. Mark Kennedy, Detroit Free Press, "Kristen Stewart can’t save copycat ‘Underwater’," 9 Jan. 2020 Remember when we were all obsessed with Kim Kardashian West’s bathroom, in particular her very odd sink? Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Kim Kardashian Has a Walk-In Fridge, and People Are Losing Their Minds," 9 Jan. 2020 Fires have not ravaged major cities, but smoke has caused the air quality to decline in Canberra, Melbourne, and Sydney in particular. National Geographic, "Traveling to Australia? Here’s what you need to know," 8 Jan. 2020 Whether it's been RM sharing his low-timbre singing style on his Mono mixtape or J-Hope taking on more vocals in both group and solo material, there's been more experimenting from the band's rappers in particular. Jeff Benjamin, Billboard, "5 Things We Want From BTS' 'Map of the Soul: 7' Album," 8 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The particulars of the Christmas tree industry are really quite fascinating. Aj Willingham, CNN, "Why are fewer Christmas trees growing in the US? Blame the Great Recession," 2 Dec. 2019 The particulars of their reunion are best left vague here, my way with exposition being no less clunky than the movie’s. Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘Dark Fate’ is the the best ‘Terminator’ sequel in over 20 years," 22 Oct. 2019 The MBTA’s subway system in particular has experienced a string of incidents, most notably the June 11 derailment on the Red Line that badly damaged its signaling system and has caused weeks of delays as trains operate at lower speeds. Danny Mcdonald,, "Lowell line commuter rail service resumes after rush-hour suspension," 29 Aug. 2019 The results in particular caused quite a stir online. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'AGT' Fans SLAM "Horrible" Quarterfinal Results: "What Are You Thinking, America?"," 15 Aug. 2019 And one in particular: an archival style by one of fashion’s most eccentric and beloved megabrands. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Meet the New It Bag Set to Dominate New York Fashion Week," 24 July 2019 Tonya remembers one in particular: Ave Verum Corpus by Mozart, about the death of Christ and praying to Mary. Zach Horrall, Indianapolis Star, "How Tonya Bergeson-Dana coped with the loss of husband Paul Dana after Indy car wreck," 29 June 2019 Within the last few years, violence against transgender women of color in particular has grown into a crisis. Renae Reints, Fortune, "Where LGBTQ Rights Stand Two Years Into the Trump Administration," 22 June 2019 Those particulars are expected to be announced soon. The Economist, "Business this week," 14 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of particular


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for particular

Adjective and Noun

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

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The first known use of particular was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

13 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Particular.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of particular

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



English Language Learners Definition of particular (Entry 2 of 2)

: a specific detail or piece of information


par·​tic·​u·​lar | \ pər-ˈti-kyə-lər How to pronounce particular (audio) \

Kids Definition of particular

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : relating to one person or thing Each city has its particular problems.
2 : not usual : special Pay particular attention to correct spelling.
3 : having strong opinions about what is acceptable He's very particular about food.
4 : being one of several Which particular bike would you like?
5 : concerned about details Our teacher is very particular.
in particular
1 : that can be specifically named I wasn't referring to anyone in particular.
2 : more specially than others : especially She loves flowers and roses in particular.

Other Words from particular

particularly adverb



Kids Definition of particular (Entry 2 of 2)

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



Legal Definition of particular

in the civil law of Louisiana : of or relating to a designated property or to the inheritance of it — compare universal

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